A strong plan for a brighter future

The 2014-15 State Budget outlines the Queensland Government’s strong plan for a brighter future. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the Government was carefully balancing increases in education, health and community services spending, while not introducing or raising any new taxes or reducing services. “Strong choices have to be made so that Queensland can have a brighter…

Draft Plan of action: Strongest Choice now the Smartest

Treasurer Tim Nicholls today released the Government’s Draft Plan of action to reduce the $80 billion state debt and $4 billion interest bill – the ‘Strongest and Smartest Choice’ for Queensland. “Our Draft Plan is the strongest choice because we have always been committed to fixing the state’s finances and ridding Queenslanders of the burden…

Councils to get say on ‘party houses’

Families in popular Queensland tourist areas will be freed from the excessive noise, offensive social behaviour and violence that can come from so called party houses, under changes proposed by the Queensland Government. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said proposed amendments to the Sustainable Planning Act would give…

Strong plan delivers improving health services

The Health budget for 2014-15 highlighted the central role of frontline services in the Queensland Government’s strong plan for a better future, Treasurer Tim Nicholls said today. Mr Nicholls said spending on health would increase by 6.4 per cent to $13.6 billion in 2014-15. “This budget carefully balances increases in health, education and community services…

Brighter future for fire and emergency services

Stations will be upgraded, new equipment purchased and more fire trucks will be on the road across Queensland as a result of the 2014-15 State Budget for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the revitalisation of frontline fire and emergency services was being supported in the Budget with more than $500 million…

Strong Plan delivers brighter future for police

Frontline services will be improved, stations upgraded and resources rolled out to the Queensland Police Service as part of the Newman Government’s strong plan for a brighter future. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the 2014-15 State Budget delivered increases for frontline services such as policing without the need to introduce new taxes or cut services. “The…

Asian Cup 2015 football bonanza tickets on sale

Queenslanders are being urged to get in quick with tickets now on sale for the biggest international football tournament Queensland and Australia have ever hosted. Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey said the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 would cement Queensland’s standing for international sporting events and build…

$250,000 boost to Queensland research

Research projects that could lead to a low GI sugar to help fight diabetes and tooth decay and another study that hopes to grow bones for bone grafts are a step closer today after they were awarded $250,000 in Queensland Government grants. Science and Innovation Minister Ian Walker announced this investment under the 2014 round…

Coral reef fin fish closures

The Queensland Government has announced the Coral reef fin fish closed season dates for the next five years which will provide certainty and long-term planning for fishers. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh said setting the dates in advance would assist fishers in their planning. “Tourism operators and commercial fishers will benefit from…

Six of Queensland’s greatest recognised

Five remarkable individuals and one outstanding institution have been recognised as this year’s Queensland Greats. The 2014 Queensland Greats are: community leader Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO custodian of the country Fred Conway arts philanthropists Dr Patrick Corrigan AM and Win Schubert cancer prevention researcher Professor Adèle Green AC prominent disability service provider Endeavour Foundation. Premier…