New State Planning Policy Announced

The State Government has unveiled landmark reforms to revolutionise Queensland’s planning processes.    The new policy provides greater clarity for local governments by consolidating in one document, the state interests and policies that councils must consider when preparing or amending local planning schemes, or assessing development applications. Developers now also have a clear guide to…

Tell us what you want for council elections

The Newman Government is calling for your opinion on possible changes to how council elections should be held after concerns were raised following the last council polls. Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said a discussion paper on the Local Government Electoral Act had been released to get the ball rolling. “We inherited a local government…

JP QCAT Trial marks 6 month milestone

More than 1,400 matters have been heard since the Newman Government’s JP QCAT Trial commenced six months ago saving taxpayers money and valuable Queensland court time. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie today marked the six month milestone of the trial in Townsville speaking to hundreds of hard working JPs in the local community.…

100 Queensland roads named for review

Safety engineers will review 100 Queensland roads from next month to determine whether speed limits should be raised, lowered or kept consistent. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said this was the first major review that has been conducted since 1997 and was part of the Newman Government’s commitment to improve safety on our roads.…

Toll road website to curb confusion

Paying your toll will be much simpler following the launch of a new website that provides a one-stop shop for information about Queensland toll roads. Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve Minnikin said the new Queensland Toll Roads website will help visitors to Brisbane and casual toll road users avoid confusion over what they owe…

Federal education funding welcomed

Premier Campbell Newman today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that Queensland schools would receive $794 million in additional funding over the next four years.“I am delighted Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Minister Christopher Pyne have honoured their election commitment to match Labor’s education funding dollar for dollar,” he said. “The Abbott Government had already committed…