Green light for tougher school discipline powers

Queensland’s state school principals will have greater discipline powers to manage disruptive student behaviour from the start of the 2014 school year. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the Education (Strengthening Discipline in State Schools) Amendment Bill 2013 had been passed by Queensland Parliament heralding major improvements for state school operations. “The…

61 recruits join Queensland Police ranks

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has received a boost with 61 new officers inducted into the service this afternoon. Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the 61 new police officers had spent the last 25 weeks learning the skills they need to improve the safety of Queensland communities, which had deteriorated under Labor. “I thank the…

Queensland national parks protected into the future

Queensland parliament today passed amendments to cut red tape and increase protection of the state’s national parks, to further build the state’s four pillar economy and get Queensland back on track. National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said the Newman Government was continuing to deliver upon its election commitments to reduce red tape and conserve natural…

Action Plan to clean up litter and illegal dumping

The Newman Government has launched an Action Plan to clean up litter and illegal dumping throughout the state.   Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said the Action Plan was a long-term initiative by the Newman Government to reduce litter and illegal dumping.   “We will focus on effective programs to change community…

Local education leaders meet with Minister

Empowering local school communities and getting better outcomes for students is a key focus of the Education Minister’s roundtable with local principals hosted by Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson. Ms Simpson organised the forum, to give local education leaders in her electorate a direct input into policy and provide feedback to Education Minister John Paul…

Lifeguard tower restored to Mooloolaba beach

Lifeguards at Mooloolaba have a birds-eye view again to keep watch over swimmers and surfers thanks to natural disaster funding assistance from the State and Federal Government. Sunshine Coast Council has now completed restoration works to resurrect the lifeguards observation tower, which was removed for safety reasons earlier this year due to severe coastal erosion…