New trains for half the price

A multi-billion dollar contract to deliver 75 new trains in South East Queensland will save taxpayers more than $11 million per train. Treasurer Tim Nicholls and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said Bombardier NGR Consortium has been contracted to design, build, finance and maintain the new trains under a 32-year contract valued at…

Environment grants give threatened butterfly a new lease of life

The Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell has congratulated the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers in a major effort to protect the endangered Richmond Birdwing butterfly habitat on the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Mr Powell said the Newman Government had provided the Conservation Volunteers with $200,000 over the last two years under the Everyone’s…

Sunshine Coast schools to share in $9m for great results

Parents will be able to see exactly how much funding their child’s school will receive as part of the Newman Government’s Great Results Guarantee. Premier Campbell Newman and Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek released the funding amounts today while visiting Brightwater State School with the Member for Buderim Steve Dickson. Mr Newman said funding had been…

Outlook bright for strong Queensland economy

Another independent report has confirmed Queensland is set to be the fastest growing state economy in 2014-15, Treasurer Tim Nicholls said today.  Mr Nicholls said the Deloitte Access Economics Business Outlook: December 2013 estimated Queensland’s economy will grow at 3.6 per cent this financial year and next.  “That puts Queensland well ahead of the national…

Great Results a guarantee for Queensland students

The Newman Government has unveiled a bold new plan to lift student outcomes and ensure that Queensland is among the top performing states in literacy and numeracy in Australia by 2020. Premier Campbell Newman and Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek today announced that a funding boost of $131 million would be provided to all Queensland state…

Make a difference with a career in teaching

The Newman Government is asking Queenslanders to consider starting the new year with a new career – in teaching. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the government was working hard to attract high quality teachers to a profession that makes a real difference in the lives of young Queenslanders. “We’ve set ourselves…

Landholders embrace vegetation management reforms

Queensland landholders are getting behind the Newman Government’s vegetation management reforms, with almost 1500 people attending 66 public information sessions held right across the state during December 2013. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said landholders were given a comprehensive understanding of the changes, which removed unnecessary paperwork and allowed farmers and graziers…