More health capacity, activity on the Sunshine Coast

Increased public hospital activity, capacity and performance on the Sunshine Coast have been highlighted by new waiting list performance data to be published by the Queensland Government on Monday. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service was catering for increasing growth and patient demand – with an extra 110 public…

State funding boost for local community groups

Sunshine Coast community and volunteer groups will share in more than $1.5 million of state government funding to help them purchase essential items and equipment. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the latest funding round of the Caring for our Community program was delivering on the Queensland Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services. Ms…

Toll Group injects $86 million in Queensland facility

Queensland is now home to one of the largest freight handling facilities in Australia. Premier Campbell Newman officially opened the $86 million Toll Group freight facility on Brisbane’s south side this morning. Mr Newman said that around 500 staff would now call the facility home, which is approximately the size of two Suncorp Stadiums. “It’s…

State’s poets may not know it, but they will

Queenslanders from all walks of life and every corner of the state have a chance to win thousands of dollars in prize money and a shot at being published with two poetry competitions calling for entries. Arts Minister Ian Walker urged Queenslanders to forward their finest lines for the $4,000 Val Vallis Award for Unpublished…

Queensland welcomes Federal partnership in road funding

The Queensland Government has welcomed confirmation from the Federal Government that it will meet its responsibility to fund key Queensland transport infrastructure projects. Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the Commonwealth funding commitments follow 12 months of intense lobbying from the Queensland Government to make the state’s roads…

Strong Choices draws 50,000 submissions

More than 50,000 Queenslanders have now made submissions on the Queensland Government’s Strong Choices website, recording their choices for paying down the state’s $80 billion accumulated debt. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the site had recorded more than one million page views by more than 214,000 unique users. “These numbers show Queenslanders have a genuine interest…

$100 million dollar funding boost for legal services

Vulnerable and disadvantaged Queenslanders will have greater access to legal services with a more than $100 million investment in assistance organisations across the State over the next three years. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the multi-million dollar funding boost delivered on the Queensland Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services. “Everyone deserves…

Solar power isolator recalled

The Attorney-General has issued a recall order on certain Avanco branded DC solar power isolators used on solar power systems after it was found to have an internal fault that can lead to overheating and fire. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie made the announcement following investigations conducted by the Electrical Safety Office (ESO)…

No speeding in driver test

Speeding won’t be tolerated in the practical driving test currently being piloted at seven different locations across Queensland. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the pilot was part of a package of driver license reforms announced by the Queensland Government last year. “While the former Labor Government was satisfied to allow learner drivers…

Diverse Agenda for Queensland Police

Additional policing staff, better training for officers, and targeted programs for diverse communities are delivering results for the thousands of Queenslanders within the multicultural community. Police Minister Jack Dempsey said Queensland’s multicultural community was being better served by the Government’s continued drive to revitalise frontline services. “The former Labor Government did not make any effort…