Queensland’s resources sector moving up the ranks

Moves to strengthen Queensland’s resources sector by encouraging investment and cutting red tape have been endorsed by an independent industry survey. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps welcomed the results of the Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies 2013 and said it showed the Government was delivering on its election promises. “We…

Respected doctor’s advocate welcomes improved contracts

Better working conditions and entitlements provided by new contracts to 650 Visiting Medical Officers (VMOs) in Queensland Hospitals have been recognised in the final report of their industrial advocate, outlined in State Parliament today. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg welcomed the findings of the VMO’s long-time industrial representative, Dr Ross Cartmill which had been subsequently endorsed…

Queensland Choices consultation to secure our future

Queenslanders are being asked to join the conversation about Queensland’s choices to reduce the $80 billion debt left by the previous Labor Government, Treasurer Tim Nicholls said today. “Queensland is a great place to live and work, but the outlook for our strong economic future is being overshadowed by an $80 billion black cloud of…

Doors open for small business

Online tendering resources will allow small businesses to operate on a level playing field with larger enterprises for the first time, delivering on the Newman Government’s election promise to cut red tape and regulation by 20 per cent by 2018. Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the…

Overhaul of fisheries management in Queensland

The LNP Government will undertake a wide-ranging review of fisheries management in Queensland to deliver a better system for the state’s commercial and recreational fishers. Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister John McVeigh said the review would fix a system that was complex, costly to administer, inconsistent and a burden on fishers. “Fishing is a vital…

Insurance data predicts lift in construction activity

Construction activity is set to boom across the state, with insurance policy data released by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) increasing by 27 per cent in two years. Minister for Housing and Public Works, Tim Mander, said the data showed the Government was delivering on its election promise to grow construction as one…

Land based World Heritage Areas management review

A review to look at ways to better manage the state’s land based World Heritage areas has been ordered by the Queensland Government. Environment Minister Andrew Powell said he initiated the review at the request of the Queensland World Heritage Committees who want to see a more consistent approach to protecting these important, internationally-significant areas.…

Road toll lowest on record

 Road safety efforts will step up across Queensland despite a record low monthly road toll in February. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson and Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the work of Police and a new road safety campaign were just the start of the effort to make driving safer. “In February this year…

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…