Grants for migrants to secure economic future

A new Queensland Government program will provide funding for local community projects to help migrants and refugees find employment or become involved in business ventures. Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Glen Elmes announced today that the Economic Participation Grants Program would provide $250,000 for projects to promote economic participation and…

Queensland construction sector surges ahead

Queensland’s property and construction sector is continuing to surge ahead according to ABS data released today. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said trend dwelling approvals were now at their highest levels in almost six years, and had been growing constantly each month since the Newman Government was elected. “Our measured plan to strengthen the property and construction…

Mandatory jail for GPS cut and run sex offenders

Dangerous sex offenders will face mandatory jail time if they remove or tamper with their electronic monitoring bracelet under tough new laws designed to prevent the worst of the worst from re-offending. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the Government was keeping its promise to Queenslanders that it would make this state the…

Communities to get a say in principal selection

The Newman Government has today announced changes to the recruitment process for school principals, giving parents and communities a greater say in who runs their local school. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the importance of school principals in the success of a school could not be underestimated and it was vital…

Honour our great Queenslanders

Queenslanders have the opportunity to recognise our greatest achievers with nominations for the 2014 Queensland Greats Awards now open. Premier Campbell Newman said the program honoured individuals and institutions whose long-term or lifetime achievements had played a significant role in shaping the history and development of Queensland. “There are many worthy Queenslanders who deserve to…

More Independence for Queensland schools

The Newman Government has welcomed the $70 million Independent Public Schools initiative launched today by the Federal Coalition Government.  Minister for Education, Training & Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the Abbott Government’s announcement that 1,500 existing public schools would become Independent by 2017 would be celebrated by Queensland school communities.  “Already there are 80 Independent Public…

Health staff target fraud

The Department of Health has adopted a zero tolerance approach to fraud, misconduct and corruption, to prevent another fake Tahitian Prince scandal as witnessed under the former Labor Government. Acting Health Minister Scott Emerson said that as part of Fraud Awareness Month, staff would take part in a variety of activities to discuss ways to…

Opportunity is knocking on International Women’s Day

Queensland women are being urged to seize some of the amazing opportunities on offer around the state, this International Women’s Day. Communities Minister Tracy Davis said International Women’s Day on 8 March would embrace the ‘Opportunity is knocking’ theme by highlighting the wealth of options available to women in Queensland. “Queensland is a great state…

Tertiary transport rort to stop

The Newman Government is cracking down on public transport users falsely claiming to be full time university students in order to receive cheaper fares. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said a tertiary transport concession card, similar to that used in regional Queensland since 2004 and interstate, will be rolled out across South East…

Next round of road safety grants open

Community groups, schools and local councils will have a second chance to tackle Queensland’s road toll with the next round of the Community Road Safety Grants program now open. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson called on locals to put forward their innovative road safety ideas for a share of the $1.2 million in…