People’s Budget proves popular with Queenslanders

More than 16,000 Queenslanders have had their say on how to lower Queensland’s debt to a sustainable level through the ‘Strong Choices’ website in its first full week of operation. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the response to the website confirmed that Queenslanders were engaged in the discussion on tackling the $80 billion accumulated debt problem and the $4…

New pedestrian refuge at Yaroomba

Pedestrians will find it easier to cross David Low Way at Yaroomba with plans for a new pedestrian refuge. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the new refuge would improve safety and convenience for pedestrians crossing David Low Way. “There is still some final consultation to be finished over the design but the location is…

Government reveals plan for priority infrastructure

The Queensland Government has announced a way forward to the challenging issue of infrastructure charges that will encourage development, while providing new funding avenues for local government. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the government drafted a fair value schedule of infrastructure charges after months of engagement with…

JOINT STATEMENT: Construction starts on Gateway Motorway South

CONGESTION on Brisbane’s busy Gateway Motorway South will soon ease with construction starting on the widening of Mt Gravatt–Capalaba Road across the Gateway Motorway, including improvements to ramps for drivers entering and exiting the highway. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project continues the Australian Government’s commitment…

State funding boost for local community groups

News of just over $70,000 in grants to five local community groups under the latest State Government funding rounds has been welcomed by Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson. Funding from the latest  round of grants from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and the Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund will provide welcome financial support for local…

New Resident Information Service Launched

Residents of retirement villages and manufactured home parks now have access to a new service to help them understand their rights. In a Queensland first, the Park and Village Information Link program will provide free legal advice on rights and responsibilities under the Retirement Villages Act 1999 and the Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003.…

$2 billion in savings to reduce power prices

Queenslanders will experience cheaper electricity prices in the future after the Queensland Government announced common sense changes that will save electricity distributors $2 billion dollars. Energy Minister Mark McArdle said the changes provided greater flexibility on future electricity infrastructure decisions, placing downward pressure on future electricity prices. “These changes strike the right balance between protecting…

Green light for doctors’ contracts a boost for QLD

Senior doctors at public hospitals across Queensland have been given the green light to sign individual contracts aimed at boosting flexibility and simplicity in a sustainable patient-focused State healthcare system. Health Minister, Lawrence Springborg, State Cabinet and doctors’ representatives have signed off on the new performance-based contracts, ending eight months of negotiation over the new…