State funding boost for local community groups

Maroochydore’s Suncare Community Service and the Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club are among those who were successful under the latest round of State Government community funding. It’s part of millions of dollars provided across Queensland through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and the Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the…

New Children’s Commissioner appointed

A government executive with 15 years of management experience delivering services to vulnerable Queenslanders has been appointed as Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Child Guardian (the Children’s Commissioner). Acting Child Safety Minister Jann Stuckey today announced Mr Stephen Armitage had been named as the new Children’s Commissioner. “Mr Armitage’s extensive background includes…

Curriculum boost for non-state sector

All Queensland schools will now have access to a suite of resources developed to help implement the new Australian Curriculum. Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) materials, would be available to teachers in the non-state sector from today. “The Newman Government is committed to revitalising frontline education services…

Nominations open for Queensland Reconciliation Awards

Queenslanders who have been advocates for reconciliation have the opportunity to be recognised for their endeavours, with nominations for the 2014 Queensland Reconciliation Awards now open. Premier Campbell Newman announced that Queensland rugby hero Johnathan Thurston will again act as ambassador for the awards. “There are many businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and partnerships that…

Minister warns of ‘solar rebate’ phone scam

Queenslanders are being warned about a new phone scam that’s surfaced in Brisbane. Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle said residents in the Aspley area had received calls from scammers claiming to be from the Queensland Government’s ‘renewable energy team’. The scammers lure people with the offer of a $2,000 solar rebate and…

Move fast to join in Australia Day celebrations

Those wanting to join in Australia Day celebrations at the new Great Australian Bites event, should act now with tickets selling fast. A celebration of the true modern BBQ, Great Australian Bites will take over the Cultural Forecourt at South Bank from 5pm on Friday 24 January. Premier Campbell Newman said it was going to…

Queensland economy gaining strength

The Newman Government’s measured plan to turn Queensland’s economy around after years of Labor neglect is continuing to deliver outcomes across the state, with a 13 per cent increase in housing finance commitments up to November last year. Acting Treasurer John McVeigh said ABS data released today showed the total trend number of finance commitments…

Bell tolls for poor customer service

Using toll roads will become a better experience for drivers as operators work to improve signage and adopt a consistent approach to fees and charges. Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve Minnikin said an investigation was conducted following more than 60 complaints in six months about the current tolling arrangements in Queensland. “To reduce confusion,…