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…

Kids and clubs continue to Get in the Game in 2014

More Queensland children and their families will be able to get active this year, as round three of the Queensland Government’s flagship Get in the Game initiative opens next month with $21 million in funding from this year’s budget. Minister for Recreation and Sport Steve Dickson said the three-program initiatives were aimed at lowering the…

We’ve listened: Government to support full concessions

Queenslanders who benefit from concession payments will not suffer any reduction in payments as a result of cuts announced in the Federal Budget. Premier Campbell Newman said the State Government had listened to Queenslanders’ concerns and will act. “Pensioners and older Queenslanders have told us that they simply can’t wear the cost of filling the…

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…

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…

Strong Plan helps councils build resilience

The 2014-15 State Budget will support the Queensland Government’s push to rebuild from natural disasters and make Queensland Australia’s most resilient state. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the Government was making strong choices in order to deliver a brighter future for Queensland. “This budget outlines our plan to secure our finances by making the strongest and…