New roads and more jobs for the Sunshine Coast

Plans for a $440 million road project to slash congestion for drivers between Caloundra and Maroochydore and create 2,500 jobs for the Sunshine Coast have been unveiled today. Premier Campbell Newman said the proposed infrastructure project addressed concerns raised by Sunshine Coast members that local roads would become congested when the Sunshine Coast University Hospital…

Sunshine Coast MPs release roadmap to Coast jobs

State MP Fiona Simpson has welcomed the Premier’s announcement of a $440 million congestion-busting road plan to fix the Sunshine Motorway and access to the new hospital.   Ms Simpson said the Sunshine Coast MPs are working together to put forward a plan for the duplication of the Sunshine Motorway into Mooloolaba, a redesigned Mooloolah…

The Bruce is being spruced

A new campaign will ask Queensland drivers to show patience as the Queensland Government rolls out a record number of roadworks aimed at making travel safer on the Bruce Highway. Premier Campbell Newman and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson launched the Spruce the Bruce campaign to highlight the almost 200 projects currently underway…

Investment in local arts boosts Sunshine Coast economy

Local residents will have more access to arts and cultural events, with a State Government grant helping bolster the sector.   Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the State was granting the Sunshine Coast Regional Council $ 68,480 from the Regional Arts Development Fund as part of an ongoing partnership between state and local governments to deliver professional…

Drought declared in south east Queensland

Farmers in Queensland’s south-east corner may qualify for assistance from the Queensland Government after the region was officially drought declared today. The declaration follows a deterioration in rural pastures in the region because of a lack of significant rainfall and will have no impact on domestic water supplies. Agriculture Minister John McVeigh said Brisbane City…

Maroochydore bus station taxi trial expands

Local residents and visitors to the Maroochydore entertainment precinct will soon benefit from an expansion of the  bus station taxi rank trial. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said feedback from patrons and taxi drivers had led to the move to use the Maroochydore bus interchange as a taxi rank later at night – not just…

Queensland welcomes endorsement of reef strategy

The Queensland Government has welcomed Commonwealth endorsement of the state’s long-term plan to preserve the Great Barrier Reef. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the Federal Government approval recognises Queensland’s planning and development framework is effective in protecting the Great Barrier Reef, while ensuring the continued prosperity of…

More scholarships to support QLD women

More Queensland women could find themselves managing a team of workers on a construction site, tuning cars at a mechanics or helping to protect the Great Barrier Reef following the opening of the next round of the State Government’s Supporting Women Scholarships. Visiting the Ekka, Premier Campbell Newman and Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul…

Former Governor-General chairs new Domestic Violence Taskforce

Former Governor-General, the Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO, will chair a Special Taskforce on domestic and family violence that will undertake a comprehensive and co-ordinated review to make Queensland as safe and secure as possible for women and families. Premier Campbell Newman announced the establishment of the Special Taskforce that will lead state-wide consultation with…

Getting Young Queenslanders into jobs

Helping Sunshine Coast youth get the right training and then get a job is so important. There are big changes in vocational education and training (VET) which aim to do just this with the $615 million 2014/14 funding training in priority areas – where the jobs are.  For information visit: http://www.training.qld.gov.au/resources/information/pdf/vet-investment-plan.pdf Under our new contestable approach to…