Crackdown on break and enters boosts business safety

Brisbane and Ipswich businesses are now even safer after the completion of Operation Mike Snowshoe, an intensive operation targeting break and enters in South East Queensland.  Police Minister Jack Dempsey joined Detective Inspector Lew Strohfeldt to mark the completion of the operation. Minister Dempsey said since its inception in November 2013 the Ipswich District Property…

Community grants to commemorate Anzac

 The sacrifice made by Queenslanders from all over the state in the First World War will be remembered and preserved thanks to $1.5 million in Queensland Government grants. Minister Assisting the Premier on the commemoration of the Anzac Centenary Glen Elmes said 57 projects had been funded in the first round of the $13.5 million…

Blueprint charts the future of social and human services

Queensland families, communities and people with a disability will enjoy better and more responsive services, from a five-year plan to build the country’s best social and human services system. Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Tracy Davis released a blueprint that delivered on the Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services for families…

Health groups to get funding reprieve

Queensland health service organisations set to lose their funding in changes laid out in the Commonwealth Government’s 2014-15 Budget will receive a year’s reprieve from the State Government. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said Commonwealth budgetary constraints imposed negative impacts on Queensland. “While the state hesitated to spread its health resources even further, it was necessary…

Last chance to register for 2014 DestinationQ Forum

Tourism representatives from across the State are being encouraged to nominate for this year’s DestinationQ Forum and help the Queensland Government shape and grow the industry, as promised at the election. Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said there had been keen interest in the forum so far with 3 days left before registrations close. “We’ve had…

Crackdown on rogue truck drivers boosts road safety

Queensland roads are now even safer after the completion of Operation Austrans, an annual initiative in Australia and New Zealand targeting heavy vehicle road-safety issues, including fatigue, speed and drug use. Police Minister Jack Dempsey joined Deputy Police Commissioner Ross Barnett to mark the completion of the operation. “As part of our strong plan for…

Funding boost for alcohol and drug services

Queenslanders who battle alcohol and drug misuse will achieve better health outcomes with the Queensland Government providing $27.9 million in funding to support programs over the next three years. Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg said funding would be allocated under a new process to ensure resources are allocated where they are most needed. ”This Government…

Skills shortages and unemployment targeted in strong plan

Queenslanders will be better trained for real jobs in a stronger four pillar economy as a result of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) plan released today. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the plan detailed how the Queensland Government would be investing $615 million in 2014-2015 in order to address skills…

Policy delivers seven million free trips

Record numbers of bus, train and ferry passengers are taking advantage of the Queensland Government’s free travel after nine weekly journeys. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said since the policy was introduced almost two years ago about 78,500 people a week were benefiting. “As part of our strong plan for a brighter future we are delivering real savings for passengers with more than…

Leaseholders to benefit from more land reforms

There will be greater opportunities for local and regional development, economic prosperity will be built and thriving communities promoted after the launch of the second phase of the most significant review of Queensland’s state land in more than a century. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said state land supported every one of…