Is your gambling risky or responsible?

‘Is your gambling risky or responsible?’ is the central theme of this year’s Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (26 May- 1 June), launched at the Hamilton Hotel. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the annual event was a valuable opportunity for industry and community groups to work together to help reduce problem gambling through…

Queensland’s heritage protected with review

The future of the State’s heritage places will be canvassed in a discussion paper that Queenslanders are invited to have their say on.  Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 (Heritage Act) was being reviewed to ensure the locations and buildings were managed in a responsive and innovative…

New era in plumbing begins

The building and construction industry will receive another boost with legislation that brings down costs by reducing red tape. Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said moving the licensing and compliance function to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission would result in cost and efficiency savings for the industry. “There are currently two…

New free independent building industry review process

A free, independent system to review decisions made by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission has been established, in a significant reform to the building industry. Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said that previously, home owners, builders, contractors and certifiers could only appeal the building industry regulator’s decisions in the Queensland Civil…

Plan to print 3D kidney tissue using Qld expertise

It sounds like something out of science fiction but a US company is planning to produce kidney tissues using a 3D printer. And there’s a Queensland connection. Minister for Science and Innovation Ian Walker said mini-kidney tissue would be printed by America’s 3D bio-printing company Organovo following an agreement signed with the University of Queensland’s…

New offset legislation delivers for Queensland’s environment

Queensland’s environment will be the big winner after the new Environmental Offsets Bill was passed in parliament fulfilling another election commitment by the Newman Government. Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Andrew Powell, said the new legislation gives the government the opportunity to focus investment on frontline corridors with high environmental value. “This means for…

Electoral reforms reduce taxpayer party funding

Taxpayer funding for political parties will be slashed under reforms to Queensland’s electoral system passed in Parliament today. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the Government’s reforms would protect and modernise Queensland’s electoral system. “We promised at the election that we would restore accountability to Government and these reforms clean up electoral amendments,…

Queensland Government defines rail corridor policy

Landholders and the resources sector have a more certain investment future following the release of a clear Queensland Government policy on Galilee Basin rail corridors. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney told State Parliament that the Government had cemented its policy that only two rail corridors were necessary out…

Queensland Government defines rail corridor policy

Landholders and the resources sector have a more certain investment future following the release of a clear Queensland Government policy on Galilee Basin rail corridors. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney told State Parliament that the Government had cemented its policy that only two rail corridors were necessary out…

Obi Obi Zipline zipping ahead

The proposed Obi Obi Gorge zipline canopy tour is another step closer with the Queensland Government confirming the selection of a preferred proponent to move to the next stage of developing the project. Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said Australian Zip Line Canopy Tours has been invited…