Helmets to stay, rego no way

Helmet laws will stay in place and no bicycle registration will be required as part of the Queensland Government response to the cycling inquiry. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said he would table the final response detailing support for 50 out 68 recommendations from the Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee’s Inquiry into cycling.…

Independent consultancy appointed to undertake fisheries review

A review to simplify and improve the management of Queensland’s fisheries is underway with the appointment of independent consultants MRAG Asia Pacific. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh said MRAG had been chosen from a strong field of candidates due to their extensive national and international fisheries experience. “Fishing industry groups has indicated…

Freeze fire fatalities this winter

Homeowners are being reminded to develop and practice their fire escape plans and put safety first as the temperature drops. Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey said winter was traditionally a busy time of the year for Queensland firefighters, with more house fires reported. “We promised at the election to revitalise frontline fire…

New website shines a light on SEQ’s solar competition

South east Queensland’s solar customers on the transitional 8 cent feed-in tariff will now have an easy way to shop around for the best feed-in tariff deal. Energy Minister Mark McArdle today launched the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA)’s latest tool to help solar customers get the best deal for exporting their solar energy. “This online…

Petroleum and gas sector to benefit from new reforms

Queensland’s petroleum and gas sector now has greater investment certainty with the Newman Government delivering important reforms to the tenure framework.   Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said the tenure reforms built on the Newman Government’s strong plan to encourage the next generation of projects in the petroleum and gas sector, to…

Calling all Champions

Calling all champions of arts, science and innovation: The Queensland Government wants to salute you as part of a new program recognising people who work to make the state a vibrant hub for ideas and culture. Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts Ian Walker today announced the opening of the Champions programs,…

Escape to Southern Queensland Country this winter

A new tourism marketing campaign is encouraging travellers to take a break from the city and head to Southern Queensland where ‘somewhere in the country … it’s snuggling season’.  Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said the campaign was designed to lure visitors to a destination renowned for its four distinct seasons, delivering on the Government’s election…

World-first laser boosts skin cancer detection

World-first, cutting-edge laser technology being used by Queensland researchers will revolutionise the detection and treatment of skin cancer, saving lives and cutting treatment costs. Science Minister Ian Walker said the laser imaging system, developed by researchers at the University of Queensland’s School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering and the University of Leeds, would help…

New approach takes Queensland ICT to the cloud

Significant savings, better frontline services and more opportunities for small business will flow from the release of the State Government Cloud Computing Strategy. IT and Innovation Minister Ian Walker said the strategy gave the Queensland public service the tools to transition to a cloud-based environment, which would reduce costs by government moving away from owning…

Aquis and ASF short-listed to develop integrated resorts

Queenslanders are a step closer to enjoying new six star regional integrated resorts, with the proposed $8.15 billion Aquis project in Cairns and the proposed $7.5 billion Broadwater Marine Project on the Gold Coast selected as the two projects able to proceed to the next stage of development. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development,…