Funding for community ANZAC projects

Communities across Queensland can apply for funding from today for local events, projects and re-enactments to commemorate the centenary of Australia’s involvement in the First World War. Minister Assisting the Premier on the Anzac Centenary Glen Elmes said the grants will provide an opportunity for communities to commemorate the role played by individual citizens or…

Water bottlenecks to be cleared

Construction approvals in south east Queensland will happen quicker and the process will be easier under the Water Supply Services Legislation Amendment Bill that was introduced to parliament today. Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said the Bill would enable growth and productivity in construction, delivering on the election promise to grow the sector…

Youth justice reforms crack down on repeat offenders

Overdue reforms targeting repeat juvenile offenders have been introduced to Parliament as part of the Newman Government’s commitment to overhauling the youth justice system. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the Government was getting the balance right in dealing with Queensland’s youth crime problem. “These reforms are tough, but fair and necessary,” Mr…

New laws cut funding red tape

Community groups will have more time to deliver frontline services after new laws were introduced into State Parliament to reduce regulation and red tape. Communities Minister Tracy Davis said the Communities Legislation (Funding Red Tape Reduction) Amendment Bill 2014 would simplify current laws and improve the management and use of public funds. “This Bill will…

Sunshine Coast dental wait lists slashed

The number of dental patients on the waiting list in the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) has almost halved during the period February 2013 to December 2013.   Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said SCHHS issued 12,139 dental vouchers, of which 11,632 have already been claimed – giving patients access to dental care they…

Have your say on alcohol-related violence

Please take part in our on-line survey to share your views on alcohol-related violence, consumption of alcohol and liquor laws in Queensland. We are particularly seeking feedback from the 18-25 year old age group so please share this link. Alternatively, email me your feedback at Maroochydore@parliament.qld.gov.au.https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/alcoholviolencesurvey

New laws to help keep parties ‘in control’

Organisers of out-of-control ‘Facebook parties’ could face hefty fines or jail time under new laws to go before State Parliament this week. Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the Newman Government’s proposed legislation was designed to crack down on wild suburban parties – that often lead to senseless violence and property damage. “All too often we’ve…

Health sinks its teeth into dental wait lists

Queensland’s dental waiting list has been cut in half and the long wait list slashed from 62,513 to 8,494 between February and December 2013. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said Queensland Health had issued 80,000 vouchers to give patients access to dental care they so desperately needed. “In February last year, 56 per cent of people…

Queensland recognised at national tourism awards

The strength of the State’s tourism industry has been further recognised at the 2013 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards with eleven Queensland operators awarded for their outstanding contribution. Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey applauded the winners for their fantastic achievement which saw the State take home four Gold,…