Jobs and housing to flow from new planning Act

Queensland families will have better access to affordable housing after State Parliament last night passed new legislation that will resolve long-standing issues around infrastructure charges applied by local councils. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the Sustainable Planning (Infrastructure Charges) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 would help…

Children protected by new laws

Queensland children and their families are better protected and tougher monitoring over child sex offenders will be enforced through new laws that were passed in Parliament overnight, despite Labor shamefully voting against them. Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the laws met a key election commitment to revitalise frontline services and would make Queensland families safer,…

Major reforms to boost resources and protect landholders

Queensland landholders will gain improved land access protection , while the resources sector will have red tape slashed through landmark reforms by the Newman Government. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014 addressed issues left to escalate under the former Labor Government, including overlapping…

Strong Plan puts Bruce Highway on road to improvement

The Queensland Government will deliver $768 million of improvements to the Bruce Highway over the next year as part of our strong plan for a brighter future. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said being able to fund major infrastructure projects was one of the key reasons the Government had made the strongest and smartest choice to pay…

Strong Plan: Delivering a Safer Queensland

Making Queensland communities safer will be a feature of the 2014-15 State Budget. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the Budget built on the Government’s plan to deliver a strong future for Queensland. “It includes our plan to secure the State’s finances by making the Smartest and Strongest Choice to reduce debt, while also continuing to deliver…

Life made easy for Queenslanders buying off the plan

Young families and property buyers will have access to more information than ever before thanks to new red tape busting reforms introduced in Parliament yesterday. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the new laws would revitalise frontline services for Queensland families as promised at the election, by making it easier to obtain key…

International holidaymakers boost Queensland tourism

Queensland has welcomed more than two million international visitors in the year to March 2014, according to new figures released today. Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey said Tourism Research Australia’s latest International Visitor Survey revealed international visitors spent almost $4 billion on travel to Queensland, delivering on the Newman Government’s promise to grow tourism as…

End to Labor’s fare legacy

Millions of public transport passengers could save thousands of dollars as the Queensland Government ends Labor’s on-going public transport fare hikes, delivering on the election promise to lower the cost of living. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said Labor’s crippling 15 per cent annual fare hikes which began in 2009 would be a…

Strong Plan delivers a creative, clever and connected Queensland

The Queensland Government is enabling a creative, connected and clever Queensland through the funding of $950 million for the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts in the 2014-15 State Budget. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said that through targeted investment in our creative industries, the Government was continuing to deliver on our strong plan…