Govt eyes ophthalmology waiting lists

Patients with vision impairment or debilitating eye conditions such as cataracts will be major beneficiaries of a new ophthalmology blitz, delivering on the Queensland Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services. Premier Campbell Newman said the program would clear the long wait list of patients by 30 June, 2015, improving the quality of life for…

New online tools streamline training

Pursuing your dream career has become even easier with the release of two new online tools as part of the Queensland Government’s strong plan to address skills shortages and reduce unemployment. Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said Queenslanders now had access to the Queensland Skills Gateway website and the myApprenticeship online portal. “This…

New water vision to boost economic development

A Queensland Government proposal released for consultation today will revitalise the management of water resources across the state to boost economic development opportunities for industries using water. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said he was keen to receive feedback from the public on a consultation Regulatory Impact Statement as part of the…

Energy rebates for pensioners and vulnerable Queenslanders

Energy rebates for pensioners and vulnerable Queenslanders Vulnerable Queensland families and pensioners will receive welcome help to deal with cost of living pressures from today, with the Queensland Government delivering on a key election promise. Energy Minister Mark McArdle and Communities Minister Tracy Davis said the State Government was increasing a range of concessions and…

Record disaster recovery a boost for Queensland families

The biggest reconstruction effort in Australia’s history is now complete following the unprecedented natural disasters of 2011 and 2012.  Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said the Queensland Government had worked closely with local councils to ensure the $8.3 billion reconstruction program was completed as quickly as possible, creating stronger communities across the state.…

Queensland clubs urged to Get Playing and Get Going

  More than $14.5 million is now available to community sports clubs to help Queensland families get fit and have fun thanks to two State Government programs. Get Going provides grants up to $10,000 for items and activities to assist clubs in attracting and retaining members. Get Playing provides grants up to $100,000 to sport…

Restaurant Australia serves up a taste of Queensland

Queensland’s food and wine experiences will be top of the menu this week as a selection of Australian food and wine industry representatives take a seat at the table for the Queensland lunch as part of Tourism Australia’s global campaign, Restaurant Australia.  Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey said the Queensland Government’s 20-year…

Mentoring for Growth program celebrated

Queensland business owners will receive help to take their operations to the next level, with the continuation of the Government’s Mentoring for Growth program.  Minister for Small Business Jann Stuckey joined operators and their mentors to celebrate the success of the program and said it delivered on the Government’s election promise to grow the economy. …

Public housing rent loophole closed

More of Queensland’s most vulnerable households could gain access to public housing, as the Government tightens up rules that allowed some tenants to pay less than 10% of their income in rent. Housing Minister Tim Mander said the changes would allow the Government to direct more money to help families, as part of the Government’s…

PUPs told not to bite Queensland families

Families across Queensland would have around $170 more in their pocket in 2014-15 if Labor’s carbon tax was abolished. Energy Minister Mark McArdle welcomed the Federal Government’s reintroduction of legislation to axe the carbon tax and repeated calls for all federal MPs and Senators to finally recognise that Australians voted overwhelmingly for its repeal. “The…