SES awards ceremony acknowledges State’s finest

State Emergency Services (SES) volunteers from the north coast and south-west Queensland received top accolades at the SES Week State Awards Ceremony today. Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey said the awards highlight the important work of frontline services, which the Newman Government promised to revitalise. “A selection of SES volunteers from across…

Call for public input on OP changes

Queenslanders are invited to have their say on the state’s senior assessment processes and the OP (Overall Position) tertiary entrance program, giving them a direct role in revitalising frontline education services. Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the online survey was a chance for parents and students to rate the system and for…

Time to discuss Lakes Cooloolabin and Wappa

Sunshine Coast residents have been invited to have their say, as part of the most extensive review of recreation in South East Queensland dams and catchments ever undertaken. Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said the discussion paper about Lakes Cooloolabin and Wappa would identify ways that future generations could also enjoy them. “This…

School leavers offered fee-free training

School leavers will be given fee-free training in core skills areas from next year under a plan detailed by the Newman Government that will boost frontline services and further supercharge Queensland’s economy after years of Labor mismanagement. Visiting Kawana Waters State College today, Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek announced that priority industries would…

Newman Government getting finances back on track

Queensland’s finances are getting back on track thanks to the Newman Government’s fiscal repair strategies. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the Report on State Finances released today showed the Government had brought expenses under control and set a path to reducing Labor’s debt. “The Government promised Queenslanders we would restore accountability and that’s what we’re doing,”…

Get involved in caring for Queensland’s national parks

The Newman Government is making it easier for community-minded Queenslanders to roll up their sleeves and get involved with caring for the state’s beautiful national parks. National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said he was reminding organisations to lodge ideas by the end of this month for new volunteering and ‘voluntourism’ initiatives in parks across Queensland,…

Pedestrian safety steps up on Aerodrome Road

Pedestrian safety on Aerodrome Road will be improved with a new signalised pedestrian crossing between May Street and Fourth Avenue. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said works would start this week. “The new facility will provide a safer and easier crossing for pedestrians on Aerodrome Road,” Ms Simpson said.  “Local residents have lobbied for an…

Student scholarships to boost state’s skills

Frontline education services are about to be further boosted, with teaching students and university graduates to benefit from $680,000 in scholarships announced by the Newman Government. Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek announced 40 scholarships under the Step into Teaching Scholarship and STEM Teaching Scholarship programs, each worth up to $25,000. “We want to…