Strong Plan: Prioritising Regional Queensland

Queensland’s regions are facing a brighter future thanks to the strong choices outlined in the 2014-15 State Budget. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the budget carefully balanced the need for spending in key areas without introducing new taxes or cutting services. “The budget outlines our plans to secure the state’s finances by making the strongest and…

Safe Night Out Strategy’ supported in State Budget

Australia’s most comprehensive action plan to stamp out alcohol and drug related violence will be supported by a $44.5 million funding injection in today’s State Budget. Premier Campbell Newman said the 2014-15 State Budget continued the commitment to revitalising front line services and keeping Queenslanders safe as part of the Government’s strong plan for a…

Bruce Highway budget funding win for the Sunshine Coast

I am pleased to see further funding announced for the Bruce Highway upgrades between Caboolture and the Sunshine Motorway interchange. This will include ‘six laning’ works and two new interchanges from Caloundra Road to the Sunshine Motorway and interchange upgrades between Caboolture and Caloundra.– $24.5 million to commence Stage 1 of a two-stage $1.134 billion,…

$250,000 boost to Queensland research

Research projects that could lead to a low GI sugar to help fight diabetes and tooth decay and another study that hopes to grow bones for bone grafts are a step closer today after they were awarded $250,000 in Queensland Government grants. Science and Innovation Minister Ian Walker announced this investment under the 2014 round…

Asian Cup 2015 football bonanza tickets on sale

Queenslanders are being urged to get in quick with tickets now on sale for the biggest international football tournament Queensland and Australia have ever hosted. Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey said the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 would cement Queensland’s standing for international sporting events and build…

Six of Queensland’s greatest recognised

Five remarkable individuals and one outstanding institution have been recognised as this year’s Queensland Greats. The 2014 Queensland Greats are: community leader Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO custodian of the country Fred Conway arts philanthropists Dr Patrick Corrigan AM and Win Schubert cancer prevention researcher Professor Adèle Green AC prominent disability service provider Endeavour Foundation. Premier…

Coral reef fin fish closures

The Queensland Government has announced the Coral reef fin fish closed season dates for the next five years which will provide certainty and long-term planning for fishers. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh said setting the dates in advance would assist fishers in their planning. “Tourism operators and commercial fishers will benefit from…

Good news for Mooloolaba boaties

Mooloolaba boaties are now benefiting better access to the harbour thanks to the nearly $1 million worth of works to upgrade the two public boat ramps. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the upgrade was another great example of the Queensland Government delivering on its election commitment to provide better marine infrastructure.  “I’m pleased to…

Carbon tax and Labor legacy biggest impact on power prices

Labor’s carbon tax will add $170 to an average Queensland household’s electricity bill. Energy Minister Mark McArdle said the Queensland Competition Authority’s (QCA) announcement that electricity prices will increase by 13.6 per cent in July showed the challenge facing Queensland to address Labor’s painful legacy of locked-in costs of electricity supply. The QCA found the…

Planning a brighter future for construction sector

A blueprint for the future of Queensland’s construction industry is beginning to take shape with 75 industry leaders coming together for the first stage of the Queensland Government’s ConstructionQ initiative. Minister for Housing and Public works Tim Mander said the Industry Leaders workshop was an important first step on the path towards a 30 year…