Blueprint charts the future of social and human services

Queensland families, communities and people with a disability will enjoy better and more responsive services, from a five-year plan to build the country’s best social and human services system. Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Tracy Davis released a blueprint that delivered on the Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services for families…

Health groups to get funding reprieve

Queensland health service organisations set to lose their funding in changes laid out in the Commonwealth Government’s 2014-15 Budget will receive a year’s reprieve from the State Government. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said Commonwealth budgetary constraints imposed negative impacts on Queensland. “While the state hesitated to spread its health resources even further, it was necessary…

Last chance to register for 2014 DestinationQ Forum

Tourism representatives from across the State are being encouraged to nominate for this year’s DestinationQ Forum and help the Queensland Government shape and grow the industry, as promised at the election. Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said there had been keen interest in the forum so far with 3 days left before registrations close. “We’ve had…

Crackdown on rogue truck drivers boosts road safety

Queensland roads are now even safer after the completion of Operation Austrans, an annual initiative in Australia and New Zealand targeting heavy vehicle road-safety issues, including fatigue, speed and drug use. Police Minister Jack Dempsey joined Deputy Police Commissioner Ross Barnett to mark the completion of the operation. “As part of our strong plan for…

Funding boost for alcohol and drug services

Queenslanders who battle alcohol and drug misuse will achieve better health outcomes with the Queensland Government providing $27.9 million in funding to support programs over the next three years. Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg said funding would be allocated under a new process to ensure resources are allocated where they are most needed. ”This Government…

Leaseholders to benefit from more land reforms

There will be greater opportunities for local and regional development, economic prosperity will be built and thriving communities promoted after the launch of the second phase of the most significant review of Queensland’s state land in more than a century. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said state land supported every one of…

Strong reforms ensure a Safe Night Out

Queensland will be a safer and more fun place for families with the Government delivering on its strong plan to end senseless deaths and alcohol and drug-related violence by introducing the country’s most comprehensive strategy in Parliament today. Premier Campbell Newman said the Government’s comprehensive Safe Night Out Strategy included tougher penalties for violent behaviour…

Queensland Mums given a headstart

More than 60,000 Queensland mums have benefited from the extra support and advice provided through the Queensland Government’s $28.9 million Mums and Bubs initiative. Premier Campbell Newman and Health Minister Lawrence Springborg joined Child Health Nurse Kelly Smith to visit Stafford mum Kareen Ghee and baby Antwaun and witness the home-visiting service in action.  Mr…

Budget debate: Strong plan vs no plan

This week’s debate on the Budget in State Parliament showed yet again that only the Newman Government has a strong plan for a brighter future for Queensland.  Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the Government had clearly articulated its plan while the Opposition had offered no new ideas.  “The Government has put forward a budget that carefully…

Tougher test, safer drivers

First results from the new driver licence test reveal a 15 per cent increase in the fail rate following the Queensland Government’s focus on high-risk manoeuvres and zero tolerance to speeding. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the new practical test is being piloted across seven sites in Queensland and has been underway…