$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…

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…