Anzac weekend makes for happy campers

Nearly 13,000 people pitched a tent or unrolled a swag in Queensland’s national parks and state forests over the ANZAC weekend, providing a massive tourism boost to regional areas. National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said campers were finding it easier to take advantage of the state’s natural assets, thanks to the Newman Government’s commitment to…

Reports highlight Queensland’s economic strength

Two separate economic reports out today again highlight the strength of the Queensland economy, Treasurer Tim Nicholls says.  “The CommSec State of the States report and the Deloitte Access Economics Business Outlook both confirm that Queensland is on the cusp of strong growth,” Mr Nicholls said.  “But to realise that growth we will have to…

$3 million incentive to boost vaccination rates

A $3 million incentive to improve vaccination rates has been posted by the State Government in a bid to inspire local strategies that protect young Queenslanders.  Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said that while our state-wide vaccination rates are among the best in Australia, Queensland plans local strategies to lift rates of inoculation to a new…

May is domestic and family violence prevention month

‘Don’t let concern become regret – make the call to DVConnect’: That’s the message from Communities Minister Tracy Davis in the lead up to Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month 2014. Ms Davis said the month which was held each May, raised awareness of domestic and family violence and aligned with the Queensland Government’s election…

Strong Choices Campaign to Tackle Unprecedented Debt Problem

Treasurer Tim Nicholls has invited all Queenslanders to contribute to a “People’s Budget” to tell the State Government how they would tackle the once-in-a-generation threat of an $80 billion State debt. This excessive debt level is what destroyed the State’s AAA credit rating.  The Strong Choices Campaign is an unprecedented solution to an unprecedented challenge.…

Queensland breakthrough makes chemo safer

A Queensland research breakthrough could relieve the suffering of millions of chemotherapy patients around the world. Science and Innovation Minister Ian Walker said Associate Professor Ingrid Winkler from Mater Research had discovered how to flick a biological switch that allowed the immune system to be better protected during the onslaught of chemo. “Every year about…

Maroochydore bus station taxi trial

The Newman Government will implement a new late-night taxi pick-up zone providing a safer place to wait for a cab on the Sunshine Coast. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson and Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the new taxi zone will be trialled for 12 months at the new Maroochydore Bus Station. “Under…

$12.4 million boost for community groups across the State

Almost 600 local community organisations across Queensland will share in over $12.4 million in the latest round of State Government community benefit grants. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the latest funding boost would help charities and not-for-profit organisations provide invaluable programs and services in their local area. “This Government recognises the financial…