Reports highlight Queensland’s economic strength

Two separate economic reports out today again highlight the strength of the Queensland economy, Treasurer Tim Nicholls says.  “The CommSec State of the States report and the Deloitte Access Economics Business Outlook both confirm that Queensland is on the cusp of strong growth,” Mr Nicholls said.  “But to realise that growth we will have to…

May is domestic and family violence prevention month

‘Don’t let concern become regret – make the call to DVConnect’: That’s the message from Communities Minister Tracy Davis in the lead up to Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month 2014. Ms Davis said the month which was held each May, raised awareness of domestic and family violence and aligned with the Queensland Government’s election…

$3 million incentive to boost vaccination rates

A $3 million incentive to improve vaccination rates has been posted by the State Government in a bid to inspire local strategies that protect young Queenslanders.  Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said that while our state-wide vaccination rates are among the best in Australia, Queensland plans local strategies to lift rates of inoculation to a new…

Queensland breakthrough makes chemo safer

A Queensland research breakthrough could relieve the suffering of millions of chemotherapy patients around the world. Science and Innovation Minister Ian Walker said Associate Professor Ingrid Winkler from Mater Research had discovered how to flick a biological switch that allowed the immune system to be better protected during the onslaught of chemo. “Every year about…

People’s Budget proves popular with Queenslanders

More than 16,000 Queenslanders have had their say on how to lower Queensland’s debt to a sustainable level through the ‘Strong Choices’ website in its first full week of operation. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the response to the website confirmed that Queenslanders were engaged in the discussion on tackling the $80 billion accumulated debt problem and the $4…

$12.4 million boost for community groups across the State

Almost 600 local community organisations across Queensland will share in over $12.4 million in the latest round of State Government community benefit grants. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the latest funding boost would help charities and not-for-profit organisations provide invaluable programs and services in their local area. “This Government recognises the financial…

JOINT STATEMENT: Construction starts on Gateway Motorway South

CONGESTION on Brisbane’s busy Gateway Motorway South will soon ease with construction starting on the widening of Mt Gravatt–Capalaba Road across the Gateway Motorway, including improvements to ramps for drivers entering and exiting the highway. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project continues the Australian Government’s commitment…

Government reveals plan for priority infrastructure

The Queensland Government has announced a way forward to the challenging issue of infrastructure charges that will encourage development, while providing new funding avenues for local government. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the government drafted a fair value schedule of infrastructure charges after months of engagement with…

$2 billion in savings to reduce power prices

Queenslanders will experience cheaper electricity prices in the future after the Queensland Government announced common sense changes that will save electricity distributors $2 billion dollars. Energy Minister Mark McArdle said the changes provided greater flexibility on future electricity infrastructure decisions, placing downward pressure on future electricity prices. “These changes strike the right balance between protecting…