Local News

Maroochydore Bus Station rescheduled

  Demolition works in preparation for the Maroochydore Bus Station have re-commenced but the completion date for this project has now pushed out to 2013, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said today.   Member for Maroochydore criticised the previous State Government who previously a... ... (21-May)

Big Fred back to clear sand bar

Mooloolaba boaties welcomed news of the dredge Port Frederick's return this weekend, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said today. Maritime Safety Queensland has contracted the Port Frederick at a cost of $400,000 to clear the dangerous sand shoal which has caused problems for commercial and re... ... (21-May)

Fiona Simpson is Principal for a Day in Maroochydore

Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson went back to school today to play the role of Principal for a Day at Maroochydore State Primary School in celebration of State Education Week. State Education Week is an annual series of events and programs celebrating state school education across Queensland. This yea... ... (21-May)

Urgent road safety measures needed on Sunshine Motorway

Urgent action to improve road safety on the Sunshine Motorway south of Coolum was required Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said today, following two recent tragic accidents. I have taken this up with the new Transport Minister. "Ultimately the answer will be a major road duplication but in t... ... (18-May)

Fiona Simpson honours Sunshine Coast Volunteers

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today celebrated National Volunteer Week by honouring Sunshine Coast Volunteers for their important contribution to our local community. Ms Simpson presented valued volunteers with a Certificate of Appreciation at a morning tea jointly hosted by Volunteering Sun... ... (18-May)

Dredging Update - Mooloolah River Mouth

Recent good weather and calm conditions have been welcome news for dredging operations at the mouth of the Mooloolah River. The 'Saibai' has now been able to dredge a channel in the sand bar down to the required depth for the safe passage of vessels crossing the Mooloolah River Bar T... ... (14-May)

Simpson urges caution over airport sales talk

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today urged caution over talk of a possible Sunshine Coast airport sell-off as being the answer to the airport’s future development.   Ms Simpson, responding to speculation in today’s media, said she believed a sell-off into private hands was not necessa... ... (08-May)

Mooloolaba Harbour Update - Small dredge operating, Big dredge badly damaged

The original dredge, the "Saibai" is back in operation this morning at the Mooloolaba Harbour entrance during calmer weather, which was the good news, MP Fiona Simpson said. "The bad news is that the heavier dredge, the Port Frederick, has been found to be more badly damaged than originally hoped w... ... (26-Apr)

Work with us – State MP urges, revealing Blumel’s refusal

STATE MP Fiona Simpson has urged voters to elect councillors who will work cooperatively with all State and Federal MPs for the sake of the Sunshine Coast regardless of their party politics. And she said Cr Debbie Blumel was they only councillor who has ever refused to work with her in all her time... ... (26-Apr)


IN an unexpected irony, the notorious Mooloolaba Harbour entrance has claimed another victim – the dredge which was supposed to remove a problem sand shoal. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said she had been informed that the Port Frederick, a heavier duty dredge with a previous history of hel... ... (17-Apr)


State MP Fiona Simpson has welcomed news that a heavier duty barge is to be deployed to Mooloolah River mouth to help address the dangerous sand build up. MSQ have confirmed the dredge to arrive on April 13 subject to weather conditions. "It is needed urgently as the current dredge had been una... ... (10-Apr)


ANOTHER boat grounding on the dangerous Mooloolah River bar sent a clear message that urgent action was needed, State MP Fiona Simpson said. Ms Simpson said she had taken up the issue with the new Transport Minister as the current situation at the entrance to the Mooloolaba Harbour was risking live... ... (10-Apr)

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