Maroochydore Bus Station rescheduled

  Demolition works in preparation for the Maroochydore Bus Station have re-commenced but the completion date for this project has now pushed out to 2013, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said today.   Member for Maroochydore criticised the previous State Government who previously announced that it would be built by the end of 2011 but…

Fiona Simpson honours Sunshine Coast Volunteers

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today celebrated National Volunteer Week by honouring Sunshine Coast Volunteers for their important contribution to our local community. Ms Simpson presented valued volunteers with a Certificate of Appreciation at a morning tea jointly hosted by Volunteering Sunshine Coast. National Volunteer Week provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers…

Urgent road safety measures needed on Sunshine Motorway

Urgent action to improve road safety on the Sunshine Motorway south of Coolum was required Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said today, following two recent tragic accidents. I have taken this up with the new Transport Minister. “Ultimately the answer will be a major road duplication but in the meantime a relatively simple upgrade with…

Dredging Update – Mooloolah River Mouth

Recent good weather and calm conditions have been welcome news for dredging operations at the mouth of the Mooloolah River. The ‘Saibai’ has now been able to dredge a channel in the sand bar down to the required depth for the safe passage of vessels crossing the Mooloolah River Bar The dredge will now concentrate on the…

Simpson urges caution over airport sales talk

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today urged caution over talk of a possible Sunshine Coast airport sell-off as being the answer to the airport’s future development.   Ms Simpson, responding to speculation in today’s media, said she believed a sell-off into private hands was not necessarily in the interest of the regional economy which the…

BAD WEATHER CLAIMS NEW DREDGE – WORKS DELAYED

IN an unexpected irony, the notorious Mooloolaba Harbour entrance has claimed another victim – the dredge which was supposed to remove a problem sand shoal. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said she had been informed that the Port Frederick, a heavier duty dredge with a previous history of helping clear the Mooloolah River entrance as…

DANGEROUS BAR NEEDS SAFER SOLUTION

ANOTHER boat grounding on the dangerous Mooloolah River bar sent a clear message that urgent action was needed, State MP Fiona Simpson said. Ms Simpson said she had taken up the issue with the new Transport Minister as the current situation at the entrance to the Mooloolaba Harbour was risking lives. “I lobbied the previous…

SIMPSON WELCOMES NEWS OF HEAVY DUTY DREDGE

State MP Fiona Simpson has welcomed news that a heavier duty barge is to be deployed to Mooloolah River mouth to help address the dangerous sand build up. MSQ have confirmed the dredge to arrive on April 13 subject to weather conditions. “It is needed urgently as the current dredge had been unable to handle the…