Red tape reforms for the economy and community groups

Three of Queensland’s four pillar economy drivers and the state’s hardworking community groups will all receive a huge boost from just one red tape busting Bill introduced in Parliament this week. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said reforms to the QLeave scheme would generate significant savings for the construction, resources and tourism industries.…

Tough but fair reforms tackle youth crime

Tough but fair reforms targeting repeat juvenile offenders and Queensland’s growing youth crime problem have been passed in Parliament. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the Government was delivering on its promise to Queenslanders to overhaul the youth justice system. “This is about stopping the revolving door of repeat offending that was left…

Home for Good’ to help Brisbane’s homeless

An army of volunteers will hit the streets for the largest ever grass roots assessment of Queensland’s homeless population, as part of a new campaign to tackle homelessness. The Queensland Government’s new Home for Good initiative will commence with a two-week ‘registry’ project in Brisbane to fill gaps in current homelessness data and give service…

Newman Government planning for resource towns

Towns in resource regions have received infrastructure upgrades and State land for homes and industry through the Newman Government’s Regional and Resource Towns Action Plan. One year on since the plan was released, Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said 40 per cent of the plan’s 136 actions had…

New campaign offers perfectly seasoned escapes

A change in season will be the focus of a new marketing campaign set to showcase the best tourism experiences and seasonal produce Southern Queensland Country has to offer. Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said Southern Queensland Country’s autumn campaign is the largest marketing campaign launched for the region to date and delivers on the Government’s…

Queensland’s planning landscape set for positive change

More affordable housing and new jobs are expected on the back of sweeping reforms which deliver on the Queensland Government’s election promise to provide better planning. In an address at the Queensland Planning Forum in Brisbane today, Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said significant changes to legislation would…

Simpson urges infrastructure guarantee

State MP Fiona Simpson has urged an “infrastructure guarantee” for the Sunshine Coast as part of the deal if assets are sold off to pay down Queensland’s crippling debt levels. Ms Simpson said debt deniers couldn’t wish away the impact of the unprecedented debt levels which led to the stripping of the State’s AAA credit…

Queensland roads win with Federal program

The Newman Government has welcomed a $35.5 billion commitment from the Federal Government for national infrastructure, including key Queensland roads. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said after years of neglect by the former Labor government the package would deliver the Federal Government’s promise of $6.7 billion for the Bruce Highway. “This is the…

ANZAC centenary fundraising appeal launched

The Queensland community is being given the chance to share in Centenary of Anzac commemoration activities with a statewide fundraising appeal being launched. Minister Assisting the Premier on the Centenary of Anzac Glen Elmes said funds raised through the appeal would supplement the $49.3 million contribution by the Queensland Government. “A hundred years after the…

Minister urges insurers to slash premiums

Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli is calling on insurance companies to come good on their word and reduce their home insurance premiums to reflect the improved level of flood protection in Roma and St George. And he’s vowed to be watching. Inspecting the new levees today, Minster Crisafulli said insurers had predicted falls…