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…

Cultural Precinct Plan consultation extended

Queenslanders will have one month longer to let the State Government know what they think about a plan to update Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct. Arts Minister Ian Walker said the official consultation period would now extend to Friday 27 June from the original 30 May deadline. “Every Queenslander should have a chance to let us know…

Have your say on motorcycle road rule changes

Easing congestion on our roads and making it easier for motorcyclists to ride are the main purposes behind a new discussion paper for Queenslanders to have their say on. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said including lane filtering in the road rules was one of the proposed changes in the Motorcycle discussion paper,…

Construction industry payments now fairer

Resolving payment disputes in Queensland’s construction industry will be easier and more transparent under changes introduced to Parliament. Minister for Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander said the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act was created in 2004 to give builders and contractors an alternative way to resolve construction payment disputes, but the industry…

Red tape reforms boost Queensland economy

Significant savings are on the way for Queensland’s construction, resources and tourism industries thanks to red tape busting reforms to the QLeave scheme, passed in Parliament last night. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said they delivered on the Government’s election promises to supercharge the economy and revitalise frontline services. “Both workers and businesses…

Changes to legislation to improve mental health outcomes

Delivering better mental health outcomes for Queenslanders is the goal of a major review of mental health legislation to pave the way for more relevant and effective laws. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg released a discussion paper for public comment on changes to the Mental Health Act. “Years of ad hoc approaches by Labor Governments have…