Freight on the move

The Newman Government has developed a clear direction to guide Queensland’s growing freight industry by increasing rail use and creating a more efficient road network.Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the Moving Freight Strategy, endorsed by several peak industry organisations, identifies 38 actions to meet the freight demand over the next 10 years.…

Choose Queensland produce for a Healthier. Happier. festive season

Queenslanders are being urged to take advantage of fresh, seasonal produce to help tackle the state’s biggest killer, obesity. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg announced chef Dominique Rizzo had been appointed an ambassador of the Healthier. Happier. obesity campaign, to encourage Queenslanders to cook healthy, nutritious food. “Queenslanders have the unenviable title of being the fattest…

Labor’s carbon tax = higher electricity bills

Labor’s ongoing support for the carbon tax is forcing Queenslanders to face higher electricity prices in 2014-15 regardless of a mountain of evidence the tax is hurting Queensland families. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the carbon tax was imposing a real cost on Queensland electricity consumers. “The QCA’s own figures show that without the carbon tax…

Police to target alcohol related violence

The Queensland Police Service will not tolerate any violence in the weeks leading up to the Christmas period, revellers have been warned today. Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey said police officers would be out in force over the weekend as the annual Operation Unite blitz on alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour. “The…

Google Transit launches in SEQ

Almost 1500 TransLink train, bus and ferry services can be accessed via Google, with south east Queensland’s entire public transport network now available through Google Transit. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said Google Transit provided another avenue for passengers to plan their journeys, across one of the largest networks in the world. “Tourists…

Huge response to recreation review of SEQ dams

More than 3,000 organisations and individuals have seized the opportunity to shape the future of recreation at South East Queensland’s dams and catchments as part of the most extensive review ever undertaken. Almost six months through Seqwater’s Recreation Management Review, Minister for Water Supply Mark McArdle said community interest had exceeded expectations. “The recreation review…

Labor’s weak sex offender laws under review

Queensland’s sex offender laws will undergo an immediate review as part of the Newman Government’s commitment to making this state the safest place to raise a child. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said particular focus would be on the former Labor Government’s Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003. “For victims of sexual offenders,…