Queensland leads on cycle safety

Queensland will provide the safest environment for road cyclists becoming the first state to introduce a minimum distance for passing cyclists from next month. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the two-year trial of the new laws would encourage better sharing of the road between motorists and cyclists. “Tragically 13 cyclists were killed…

Emergency response goes digital for G20

Cutting edge technology will help Queensland’s emergency workers keep people safe with the installation of Government Wireless Network radios. Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts Ian Walker said the new digital radio communications network brings police, fire and ambulance services onto the same platform and frequency. “We promised at the election to…

Major investment in koala rescue and rehabilitation

Front-line koala rescue and rehabilitation organisations will be able to expand their services after the Newman Government announced $202,127 in funding for eleven koala care organisations. Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Andrew Powell announced the successful second round recipients of the Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants program at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, where he opened…

Restoration work starts for ANZAC Square

Work has begun on the restoration of the ANZAC Square war memorial in Brisbane as part of the state’s $50 million commitment to commemorating the centenary of the First World War. The Queensland Government is contributing $11.4 million to the project with a further $2.2 million coming from Brisbane City Council who will manage the…

Queensland wins top national planning accolade

Queensland’s innovative one-stop-shop State Assessment and Referral Agency has taken out the national award for improving planning processes at the Planning Institute of Australia’s awards ceremony overnight. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the award demonstrated the Newman Government was building the most efficient and effective planning and…

Boost your business with webinar advice

Queensland businesses can hear the latest advice on maximising their social media and online impact by signing up to the Digital Learning Series, a free 10-part series of webinars being run by the Newman Government and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland. Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann…

Brisbane’s BaT Tunnel named

Brisbane’s underground bus and train project has been named the BaT (Bus and Train) Tunnel after an extensive competition, giving the winner, Capalaba’s Lynne Doyle six months of free travel. Premier Campbell Newman said the name for the once-in-a-generation project featuring a split level transport tunnel was chosen from almost 1,000 entries in the month-long…

New era for crime and corruption watchdog

Queensland’s top crime and corruption fighter will be refocused and revitalised while remaining strong and independent under a range of reforms to be introduced in Parliament today. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) would become the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC), with a clear objective to focus…

Business sector most positive in Queensland

Queensland is the only state where businesses have a positive view of the economy, according to a new survey. Treasurer and Minister for Trade Tim Nicholls said the Sensis Business Index survey showed Queensland businesses were positive about both the state’s economy and Government’s efforts to support the business sector. “The index shows the net…

Tough but fair reforms tackle youth crime

Tough but fair reforms targeting repeat juvenile offenders and Queensland’s growing youth crime problem have been passed in Parliament. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the Government was delivering on its promise to Queenslanders to overhaul the youth justice system. “This is about stopping the revolving door of repeat offending that was left…