Road toll lowest on record

 Road safety efforts will step up across Queensland despite a record low monthly road toll in February. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson and Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the work of Police and a new road safety campaign were just the start of the effort to make driving safer. “In February this year…

Land based World Heritage Areas management review

A review to look at ways to better manage the state’s land based World Heritage areas has been ordered by the Queensland Government. Environment Minister Andrew Powell said he initiated the review at the request of the Queensland World Heritage Committees who want to see a more consistent approach to protecting these important, internationally-significant areas.…

More growth for Queensland construction sector

Confidence in Queensland’s property and construction sector continues to build, with ABS data released today showing growth climbing strongly. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said trend dwelling approvals had grown constantly each month since the Newman Government was elected, rising 2.6 per cent in January 2014. “Our Government’s disciplined plan to cut red tape, reduce the cost…

Queensland’s training sector to be modernised

The Queensland Government is continuing to revitalise the state’s vocational education and training (VET) with the introduction of a new Bill in Parliament today. Minister for Education Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said that, if passed, the Further Education and Training Bill 2014 would repeal the Vocational Education, Training and Employment Act 2000 and introduce…

Greater certainty delivered for industry and landholders

Growth and certainty in the resources industry will be encouraged with proposed reforms to streamline legislation. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps today released two discussion papers for public consultation to address mining lease notification and objections and restricted land access. “These proposals are simply designed to boost Queensland’s rural and regional economies…

New luxury hotel opens its doors in Brisbane

The opening of the first international, brand name hotel in Brisbane in more than a decade has been celebrated as a major boost to tourism in Queensland. Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said it shows confidence in the sector, which the Government promised to grow as one…

Growth and security the focus of review

Water allocation and management is expected to be made quicker and simpler as part of a review into the Water Act 2000. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said it delivers on the election promise to grow agriculture as one of the four pillars of the economy. “We are committed to ensuring the…

Interim Farm Household Allowance now available

Producers in financial need, whether they are drought-affected or not, have been urged to contact Centrelink on 13 23 16 regarding the Federal Government’s Interim Farm Household Allowance package. Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister John McVeigh said the money is available from today (Monday 3 March) and supports the Queensland Government’s election promise to grow…

Nominations open for science awards

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education.  Education, Training and Employment Minister, John-Paul Langbroek said the awards recognised Year 12 students, science teachers, support officers, schools and science education partners who make outstanding contributions to science education in Queensland.  “This year, 27 awards worth a…