Growth and security the focus of review

Water allocation and management is expected to be made quicker and simpler as part of a review into the Water Act 2000. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said it delivers on the election promise to grow agriculture as one of the four pillars of the economy. “We are committed to ensuring the…

New luxury hotel opens its doors in Brisbane

The opening of the first international, brand name hotel in Brisbane in more than a decade has been celebrated as a major boost to tourism in Queensland. Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said it shows confidence in the sector, which the Government promised to grow as one…

Greater certainty delivered for industry and landholders

Growth and certainty in the resources industry will be encouraged with proposed reforms to streamline legislation. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps today released two discussion papers for public consultation to address mining lease notification and objections and restricted land access. “These proposals are simply designed to boost Queensland’s rural and regional economies…

Queensland’s training sector to be modernised

The Queensland Government is continuing to revitalise the state’s vocational education and training (VET) with the introduction of a new Bill in Parliament today. Minister for Education Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said that, if passed, the Further Education and Training Bill 2014 would repeal the Vocational Education, Training and Employment Act 2000 and introduce…

Reef facts campaign launched

A new Reef Facts campaign has been launched to cut through the misinformation about the Great Barrier Reef and put the truth on the table.  Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Andrew Powell, said the false and extreme claims had the potential to damage the state’s reputation, if they weren’t addressed. “This Government is doing more to…

Queensland to welcome Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Premier Campbell Newman today welcomed the news from Kensington Palace that Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, would visit Queensland in April. Their Royal Highnesses will visit Amberley and Brisbane on Saturday 19 April (Easter Saturday) as part of their tour of Australia and New Zealand. Premier Newman said The Duke and…

Racing officials referred to ASIC

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie has referred information relating to the actions of several Racing Queensland officials to the nation’s corporate watchdog, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). It follows findings by the Queensland Racing Commission of Inquiry, which was set up by the State Government. The report recommended 10 people be…

SNOs to target fare evasion

Ten new graduate Senior Network Officers have joined the team and will continue to target fare evasion and anti-social behaviour on south east Queensland’s public transport network.  Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the Newman Government was on target to double the number of officers tackling anti-social behaviour and fare evasion on public…

Nominations open for science awards

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education.  Education, Training and Employment Minister, John-Paul Langbroek said the awards recognised Year 12 students, science teachers, support officers, schools and science education partners who make outstanding contributions to science education in Queensland.  “This year, 27 awards worth a…

Interim Farm Household Allowance now available

Producers in financial need, whether they are drought-affected or not, have been urged to contact Centrelink on 13 23 16 regarding the Federal Government’s Interim Farm Household Allowance package. Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister John McVeigh said the money is available from today (Monday 3 March) and supports the Queensland Government’s election promise to grow…