Boost for Indigenous employment

Supermarket chain Coles has committed to tripling the number of Indigenous employees in its workforce, providing a welcome boost as the Queensland Government pushes to reverse historic low Indigenous employment rates. Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Glen Elmes made the announcement as Coles executives welcomed the company’s 300th Indigenous employee…

Young ambassadors wanted to help shape Queensland

The interests of young Queenslanders will be better represented through an exciting new youth ambassadors program, launched as part of National Youth Week celebrations. Communities Minister Tracy Davis said six outstanding young leaders would be selected to represent each of the areas of connection in the Queensland Youth Strategy. “This new program will showcase, celebrate…

Construction industry to become fairer, more transparent

The Queensland construction industry has received another boost with the Government today unveiling changes that will make the process of resolving disputes fairer and more transparent. Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said the changes deliver on the election promise to grow the industry as one of the four pillars of the economy.…

New voice for Queensland Veterans

Victoria Cross recipient Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith VC is among the people on a new council which will advise the State Government on issues affecting veterans in Queensland. Minister Assisting the Premier on the Centenary of Anzac Glen Elmes said the Queensland Veterans Advisory Council would give veterans a new direct connection with the Government, delivering…

Much needed boost for Queensland aquaculture

The State’s aquaculture industry will be more competitive and more jobs could be created, with a new Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) study examining how to cut Labor’s business strangling red tape. Assistant Minister for Finance, Administration and Regulatory Reform, Deb Frecklington said aquaculture, such as prawn or barramundi farming, was a potential growth sector for…

Contract and addendum merged in answer to mainstream doctors

Individual doctors’ contracts will be merged with the contract addendum and re-issued State-wide as part of a clean-up to resolve issues causing friction among doctors. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says weeks of face-to-face meetings, conducted by Health Director General, Ian Maynard, meetings with representative groups and online feedback to the @DrContractFacts social media stream had…

Rhyming signs warn of Dingo dangers this Easter

‘On Fraser never forget, a dingo is not a pet’ will be one of several new rhyming signs being erected across Fraser Island to remind people to keep safe around the wild animals this Easter. National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said the Easter holidays were a popular time with campers, but he warned people against…

Queensland hosts a G20 party for all nations

Planning is underway for the biggest party Brisbane has seen since World Expo 88 in the three weeks leading up to the G20 Summit in November. Premier Campbell Newman said the State Government was organising the event to take advantage of the tremendous economic and tourism benefits that will come to Queensland through the G20…

Go Eggs-ploring in National Parks this Easter

Forget the chocolate and the bunnies this Easter, Queenslanders are being urged to go on an egg-cellent adventure in a National Park instead! National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said Queensland’s top locations were easier than ever to access, thanks to the Newman Government’s commitment to allow better access. “Queensland has more than 200 national parks…

Queensland Rail appoints CEO

Former Under Treasurer Helen Gluer will extend her role as CEO of Queensland Rail for a further one year, after accepting an offer from the board. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said Ms Gluer was one of the most respected executives in the state and welcomed her on-going role leading the important reforms…