New board for construction watchdog

Queensland’s new building industry watchdog will soon be a reality with a governing board set to take the reins from December. Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander said the creation of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) represented the start of the most significant reform of the way the industry was regulated in…

Maroochydore’s better bus network

Maroochydore residents are being encouraged to get on board their better bus network which kicks starts from Monday, November 25.Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said providing better public transport was important to reduce traffic congestion in the Maroochydore CBD.  “Route 602 and 617 buses are now servicing Maroochy Boulevard and routes 610, 612, 620 and…

GraffitiSTOP campaign goes mobile

The war on graffiti is going hi-tech with a new purpose-built mobile phone application designed to give people the power to report graffiti anywhere in the state at the touch of a button. Launching the App today, Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said it would mobilise community minded locals against graffiti like never before.  …

Voting revolution for Queensland

Voting will be revolutionised at the next state election under electoral reforms introduced in Parliament today. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said Queensland’s electoral system would be modernised and simplified but also better protected. “By thinking outside of the ballot box, Queensland will lead the way with its electoral system,” Mr Bleijie said.…

Landmark regional planning legislation introduced

Regional Queenslanders will benefit from clearer, common sense planning for growth under the new Regional Planning Interests Bill introduced into State Parliament this week.Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Planning and Infrastructure Jeff Seeney said the Regional Planning Interests Bill 2013 demonstrated the Newman Government’s practical approach to land use planning across Queensland’s regions.“This…

Red tape reduction boost for tourism operators

The Newman Government continues to deliver on its commitment to slash red tape with the introduction of a range of further liquor licensing reforms. Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said common sense changes made to the Liquor (Red Tape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 will help small businesses and support one of Queensland’s four key…

Red tape in schools slashed

Senseless bureaucracy in Queensland schools will be a thing of the past, with the Newman Government today releasing the Red Tape Reduction Booklet to support its moves to streamline administration. Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the online booklet provided a comprehensive list of actions the department was taking to reduce the burden…

Affordable housing scheme going strong

Low income families in Queensland have received some welcome relief with more than 4,000 affordable dwellings built since the Newman Government was elected. Housing Minister Tim Mander said it brought the total number of properties delivered under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) to more than 6,000. “The Newman Government promised to revitalise frontline services…

Newman Government closing in on criminal gangs

More industries that have been infected by criminal gangs will be cleaned up under further reforms to be introduced in Parliament today. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the licensing regime, that was put in place to tackle criminal motorcycle gangs’ grip on the tattoo industry, would be expanded to make Queensland safer.…