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Sporting events are welcome boost to Sunshine Coast tourism

This weekend’s inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 was an exciting addition to the Sunshine Coast’s expanding calendar of sporting events.   I was delighted to help welcome almost 2,000 athletes from around the world to Mooloolaba for the region’s first IRONMAN event on Sunday 15th September. The regio... ... (16-Sep)

Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area

While we can all take pride in the diversity of our unique collection of communities which make up the Sunshine Coast, I believe Council’s plans to recognize Maroochydore as the region’s main commercial centre will complement and enhance our regional economy and our social fabric. The announcem... ... (16-Sep)

Health funding update

A $45 million boost to health funding to tackle Sunshine Coast waiting lists is welcome news in the State Budget. The funding will improve access to general, orthopaedic surgery, medicine, ear, nose and throat and gastroenterology services.  I appreciate the big focus initially was on tackling ... ... (08-Jul)

Help with electricity costs for low income households

The Government will double the Home Energy Emergency Assistance Scheme to $10 million, to help those most in need.  This scheme helps low income households with an emergency payment of up to $720 per annum over a two year period.  For more information and to make an application, contact y... ... (08-Jul)

State funding boost for local community groups

I welcome news that nearly a quarter of a million dollars in grants has been allocated to 11 local community groups under the latest State Government funding rounds. Millions of dollars have been provided across Queensland through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and the Jupiters Casino Community... ... (08-Jul)

Queensland Plan public forum

You are invited to contribute your ideas to The Queensland Plan, a 30-year vision for our great state. When:              Friday 9th August Time:               1pm – 3p... ... (08-Jul)

Other budget news

$1.9 million will be spent this year on a new building at Coolum State High School and an extra $100 million in maintenance funding has been allocated for Queensland State schools to clear up the  school maintenance backlog. This highly popular program has resulted in significant, locally-drive... ... (08-Jul)

LNP gets tough on crime

The State Government is serious about taking a strong stance on crime and has already implemented a number of law and order reforms since taking office. The Criminal Law (Two Strike Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Act 2012, which commenced in July 2012, provides a mandatory sentence of life imprisonm... ... (08-Jul)

Coast residents to keep scoring with Get in the Game

Families and sports clubs across Queensland will have the opportunity to Get in the Game, with the second round of funding for the State Government’s grassroots initiative to open this month. Local families and sports/recreation clubs can apply for Get Started from 15 July, followed by Get Going and... ... (08-Jul)

Changes reduce red tape for community events and low risk venues

Recent changes to liquor and gaming laws will make it easier for community groups to hold fundraising and community events without the need to obtain liquor permits. More than 20 amendments have been made that will reduce liquor and gaming red tape under the Liquor and Gaming (Red Tape Reduction) a... ... (08-Jul)

Membership drive for Lions Club of Maroochydore

The Maroochydore Lions are looking for new members to get involved in their humanitarian and fundraising work. If you are interested in finding out more, why not go along to their Membership Information evening on 23rd July at the Waterfront Hotel at 6.30pm.  For more information, please contac... ... (31-May)

Licence reform for Queensland drivers

Better educated younger drivers and changes for older drivers are included in a package of driver licence reforms which have been recommended by some of Queensland’s leading road safety experts. The Queensland Driver Licence reforms include changes to the Q-SAFE driver tests, older driver medical ce... ... (31-May)

School road safety boost for Maroochydore High

The State Government is ramping up its commitment to improving safety around school zones with flashing light signs being installed at seven Sunshine Coast schools including Maroochydore State High School.  This extra safety boost is particularly important for schools like Maroochydore High whe... ... (31-May)

Round Two of Everyone’s Environment grants program opens

Community groups that support and protect our beautiful the natural environment are being encouraged to apply for Round Two of the State Government’s Everyone’s Environment grants program. Maroochy Waterwatch were successful in receiving a $100,000 grant to support its work to keep the Maroochy Riv... ... (31-May)

Positive step forward in flying fox management

I have welcomed the State Government’s move to give local Councils more authority to manage problem flying fox roosts in urban areas.  A more streamlined approvals process will give local Councils the authority to manage flying fox roosts in urban areas without having to apply to the State Gove... ... (31-May)

New marine system to keep Maroochy River safe

A new marine safety system has been announced for the Maroochy River. These new recommendations are the result of two reports, public consultation and many work hours from a group of key community stakeholders. For more information on the changes, visit Key elements of the ... ... (31-May)

$23,592 funding boost for local community groups

Congratulations to community groups in the my electorate who have shared in $23,592 in funding from the Queensland Government’s Caring for Our Community grants program to purchase essential equipment to continue their good work helping others. Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club  &nb... ... (31-May)

Thanks a million” to our Sunshine Coast Volunteers

 I was delighted to mark this year’s National Volunteers Week with 260 of our valued Sunshine Coast volunteers co-hosting a celebration in Cotton Tree Park with Volunteering Sunshine Coast. Mayor Mark Jamieson joined me in honouring our volunteers for the important contribution they make to ou... ... (31-May)

State Government Water rebate

The $80 rebate from the State Government appeared in the last water bill for Sunshine Coast residents fulfilling our election commitment. This is a one-off payment of $80 to provide SEQ households with help in reducing cost-of-living expenses. For households receiving a water bill from Unitywater, t... ... (17-Apr)

Works starts on Maroochydore bus station update

Work has now started on the new Maroochydore bus station near the Sunshine Plaza at the Cornmeal and Sunseeker Parade intersection after the official ‘turning of the sod’. This is a significant investment in public transport infrastructure on the Sunshine Coast, and will be a boost for the local eco... ... (17-Apr)

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