$49,500 boost for local cycling infrastructure

Sunshine Coast cyclists will soon benefit from $49,500 in state government grant funding towards cycling infrastructure. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said funding has been awarded to Sunshine Coast Regional Council through the 2013-14 Cycle Network Local Government Grants program for the design of Cotton Tree cycling facilities.  “The Cotton Tree design project will include…

Health funding update

A $45 million boost to health funding to tackle Sunshine Coast waiting lists is welcome news in the State Budget. The funding will improve access to general, orthopaedic surgery, medicine, ear, nose and throat and gastroenterology services.  I appreciate the big focus initially was on tackling emergency waiting times but this additional money to help…

Queensland Plan public forum

You are invited to contribute your ideas to The Queensland Plan, a 30-year vision for our great state. When:              Friday 9th August Time:               1pm – 3pm Where:             Mike Ahern Centre (Ground Floor Meeting Room), 12 First Avenue, Maroochydore RSVP:              By Wednesday 7th August (Tel: 5443 7995 or Email: Maroochydore@parliament.qld.gov.au) Residents can now also have…

More women able to access BreastScreen Queensland

More women than ever before soon will have the opportunity to access breast screening through BreastScreen Queensland. Women aged between 50 and 74 will be able to have their screening performed by BreastScreen Queensland every two years.  Previously only women aged between 50 and 69 were eligible for the screening process. Member for Maroochydore Fiona…

Other budget news

$1.9 million will be spent this year on a new building at Coolum State High School and an extra $100 million in maintenance funding has been allocated for Queensland State schools to clear up the  school maintenance backlog. This highly popular program has resulted in significant, locally-driven, locally-contracted school improvements. Altogether the Sunshine Coast receives…

LNP gets tough on crime

The State Government is serious about taking a strong stance on crime and has already implemented a number of law and order reforms since taking office. The Criminal Law (Two Strike Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Act 2012, which commenced in July 2012, provides a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment, with a minimum non-parole period of…