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 Arts Minister Ian Walker urged Queenslanders to forward their finest lines for the $4,000 Val Vallis Award for Unpublished…

Toll Group injects $86 million in Queensland facility

Queensland is now home to one of the largest freight handling facilities in Australia. Premier Campbell Newman officially opened the $86 million Toll Group freight facility on Brisbane’s south side this morning. Mr Newman said that around 500 staff would now call the facility home, which is approximately the size of two Suncorp Stadiums. “It’s…

$100 million dollar funding boost for legal services

Vulnerable and disadvantaged Queenslanders will have greater access to legal services with a more than $100 million investment in assistance organisations across the State over the next three years. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the multi-million dollar funding boost delivered on the Queensland Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services. “Everyone deserves…

Strong Choices draws 50,000 submissions

More than 50,000 Queenslanders have now made submissions on the Queensland Government’s Strong Choices website, recording their choices for paying down the state’s $80 billion accumulated debt. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the site had recorded more than one million page views by more than 214,000 unique users. “These numbers show Queenslanders have a genuine interest…

Diverse Agenda for Queensland Police

Additional policing staff, better training for officers, and targeted programs for diverse communities are delivering results for the thousands of Queenslanders within the multicultural community. Police Minister Jack Dempsey said Queensland’s multicultural community was being better served by the Government’s continued drive to revitalise frontline services. “The former Labor Government did not make any effort…

No speeding in driver test

Speeding won’t be tolerated in the practical driving test currently being piloted at seven different locations across Queensland. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the pilot was part of a package of driver license reforms announced by the Queensland Government last year. “While the former Labor Government was satisfied to allow learner drivers…