Closing go card loophole saves $200,000 a year

Honest public transport users will benefit from savings of more than $200,000 per year after changes were made to the refundable deposit on adult go cards. In May 2013, the refundable deposit on adult go cards was increased from $5 to $10 to close a loophole that saw people deliberately running the balance below $5…

Forgotten bonds redirected to help needy families

Queensland residential tenants and rental property owners are being urged to check if they are one of more than 42,500 people who have forgotten to get their bond refund. Housing Minister Tim Mander said the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) was holding $9.35 million in forgotten bonds that had accumulated over the past 25 years. “I…

Coles injects $480m and 8000 jobs for Queensland

Coles Supermarkets commitment to create around 8000 jobs and invest $480 million in Queensland over the next four years is a significant vote of confidence in the state’s economy, Premier Campbell Newman said today. Premier Campbell Newman said the investment would help deliver a brighter future for Queensland. “My team has a strong plan to…

Have your say on Maroons birth certificates

Queensland Maroons fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite specially designed State of Origin birth certificate as part of a state wide competition launched today. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie was joined by members of the Queensland team and said the commemorative certificates were a unique way for supporters to…

Construction industry’s new long term blueprint

 The long-term future of Queensland’s building and construction industry will be secured through a new blueprint set to be developed by industry and the State Government. Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said ConstructionQ would help deliver on the Government’s election promise to grow the construction industry as one of the pillars of…

Plan to Fix the Bruce Highway starts with Cooroy to Curra

LEND Lease Engineering has secured the third and final contract for works to complete the Bruce Highway’s $590 million Cooroy to Curra Section A upgrade. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss was on-site today to announce the awarding of the contract for the project. “Lend Lease Engineering is already…

New campaign to prevent more ceiling tragedies

A comprehensive awareness campaign about the risks of working in ceilings will be launched, following the deaths of three Queenslanders during the rollout of the former Federal Government’s home insulation scheme. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie launched the campaign with Kevin Fuller, whose son Matthew died while installing insulation, and said the move…

Queensland welcomes Federal partnership in road funding

The Queensland Government has welcomed confirmation from the Federal Government that it will meet its responsibility to fund key Queensland transport infrastructure projects. Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the Commonwealth funding commitments follow 12 months of intense lobbying from the Queensland Government to make the state’s roads…

State’s poets may not know it, but they will

Queenslanders from all walks of life and every corner of the state have a chance to win thousands of dollars in prize money and a shot at being published with two poetry competitions calling for entries. Arts Minister Ian Walker urged Queenslanders to forward their finest lines for the $4,000 Val Vallis Award for Unpublished…