New drought support expected soon

Queensland has been assured by the Federal Government that farmers would soon be able to access new financing arrangements under the Federal Government’s $320 million drought assistance package. Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister John McVeigh said officers from his department and the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority (QRAA) had been working closely with their federal counterparts…

More passengers get on board new timetable

Two months on and passengers have embraced the Newman Government’s overhaul of the rail timetable with more people choosing to catch public transport. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the new timetable included an additional 1000 rail services a week. “Since the new timetable was implemented more than 27,000 extra trips have been…

Land tenure reforms boost agriculture and tourism

Major reforms to Queensland’s leasehold land system will provide greater security of tenure for leaseholders and help drive growth in the key agriculture and tourism sectors.   Natural Resources and Mines Minister, Andrew Cripps, said the Land and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 introduced into the Queensland Parliament today, would slash red tape, reduce costs…

Labor out of line on independent officials

Treasurer Tim Nicholls has called on Queensland Labor to publicly apologise for accusing independent officers of Queensland Treasury of lying. Mr Nicholls said comments from the Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt yesterday, where he called Treasury officials “irresponsible” and claimed they had “concocted” economic modelling, were shameful. “This is a new low for Labor,” Mr…

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…

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…

Red tape reforms for the economy and community groups

Three of Queensland’s four pillar economy drivers and the state’s hardworking community groups will all receive a huge boost from just one red tape busting Bill introduced in Parliament this week. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said reforms to the QLeave scheme would generate significant savings for the construction, resources and tourism industries.…

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…