Queensland Inspiring Women honoured by Speaker Fiona Simpson MP

Speaker Fiona Simpson presented the Queensland Inspiring Women awards at Queensland Parliament House this morning, Friday 7 March 2014, during a sold out breakfast event being held in recognition of International Women’s Day. The awards were initiated to honour women who strengthened individuals or communities in the area of business, community service, the arts, the…

The largest area of Queensland ever drought declared

Emergency aid and funding will be made available to another 15 shires after 79 per cent of Queensland was declared in drought, the largest area ever recorded. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh added the southern Queensland Shires of Banana, Bundaberg, Cherbourg, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Moreton Bay, Noosa, North Burnett, South…

Simpson urges stand against binge drinking & disrespect

State MP Fiona Simpson has taken to the floor of Parliament to support a community call to action over alcohol-fuelled violence. Ms Simpson said: “It’s time to challenge the culture that tolerates binge drinking and losing control and to take a stand against behaviour that disrespects others and threatens their safety.” Expressing her condolences to…

Zero tolerance for violence

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson has expressed anger and sorrow over the latest tragic death on the Sunshine Coast, amidst recent public concerns about alcohol fuelled violence.   “As a community, we are appalled by this tragedy and as a society we must do all that we can to stop it happening,” Ms Simpson said.…

Local housing waiting list down by 40 per cent

New figures released this month reveal the social housing waiting list in the Maroochydore electorate has decreased by 40 per cent since the election of the Newman Government.   Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the number of households waiting for social housing assistance in the Maroochydore electorate had been cut to its lowest level…

Have your say on alcohol-related violence

Please take part in our on-line survey to share your views on alcohol-related violence, consumption of alcohol and liquor laws in Queensland. We are particularly seeking feedback from the 18-25 year old age group so please share this link. Alternatively, email me your feedback at Maroochydore@parliament.qld.gov.au.https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/alcoholviolencesurvey

Sunshine Coast dental wait lists slashed

The number of dental patients on the waiting list in the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) has almost halved during the period February 2013 to December 2013.   Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said SCHHS issued 12,139 dental vouchers, of which 11,632 have already been claimed – giving patients access to dental care they…

Nominate a Sunshine Coast inspiring woman

State MP and Queensland Speaker Fiona Simpson is inviting nominations for a local “Queensland Inspiring Woman” to be honoured at a breakfast at Queensland Parliament House. Ms Simpson said the awards, which she is hosting, are to acknowledge the contributions made by the many amazing women in our communities,  in recognition of International Women’s Day.…