River drilling starts on Underground Bus and Train project

Geotechnical drilling under the Brisbane River has started as part of planning works for the $5 billion Underground Bus and Train project. Premier Campbell Newman, Acting Transport and Main Roads Minister Lawrence Springborg and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk visited the Sea Lift 7 barge today which started geotechnical drilling investigations. “The drilling work is one…

New Children’s Commissioner appointed

A government executive with 15 years of management experience delivering services to vulnerable Queenslanders has been appointed as Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Child Guardian (the Children’s Commissioner). Acting Child Safety Minister Jann Stuckey today announced Mr Stephen Armitage had been named as the new Children’s Commissioner. “Mr Armitage’s extensive background includes…

Surge in Queensland property industry confidence

A new report out today shows Queensland’s property industry is the most confident in the nation, Premier Campbell Newman said. The Property Council of Australia – ANZ Property Industry Confidence Survey shows Queensland leading the way with a surge in industry confidence for the March quarter of 10 points. “That result tells us that the…

Minister warns of phishing email scam

Queenslanders beware, another scam targeting electricity consumers has reared its head. Acting Energy and Water Supply Minister Andrew Cripps said Ergon Energy customers were being targeted with phishing emails in the form of bogus electricity accounts. “The emails from a company calling itself Pacific Gas & Electric include a link which directs customers to a site where they…

Red tape reduction boosts apprenticeship and Indigenous opportunities

The Newman Government’s war on red tape has resulted in a new training policy for apprentices and trainees across Queensland from 1 July 2014. Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the Queensland Government Building and Construction Training Policy rolled two existing policies into one. “This amalgamation will streamline compliance and reporting requirements and…

Curriculum boost for non-state sector

All Queensland schools will now have access to a suite of resources developed to help implement the new Australian Curriculum. Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) materials, would be available to teachers in the non-state sector from today. “The Newman Government is committed to revitalising frontline education services…

Nominations open for Queensland Reconciliation Awards

Queenslanders who have been advocates for reconciliation have the opportunity to be recognised for their endeavours, with nominations for the 2014 Queensland Reconciliation Awards now open. Premier Campbell Newman announced that Queensland rugby hero Johnathan Thurston will again act as ambassador for the awards. “There are many businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and partnerships that…

Queensland economy gaining strength

The Newman Government’s measured plan to turn Queensland’s economy around after years of Labor neglect is continuing to deliver outcomes across the state, with a 13 per cent increase in housing finance commitments up to November last year. Acting Treasurer John McVeigh said ABS data released today showed the total trend number of finance commitments…

Move fast to join in Australia Day celebrations

Those wanting to join in Australia Day celebrations at the new Great Australian Bites event, should act now with tickets selling fast. A celebration of the true modern BBQ, Great Australian Bites will take over the Cultural Forecourt at South Bank from 5pm on Friday 24 January. Premier Campbell Newman said it was going to…

Minister warns of ‘solar rebate’ phone scam

Queenslanders are being warned about a new phone scam that’s surfaced in Brisbane. Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle said residents in the Aspley area had received calls from scammers claiming to be from the Queensland Government’s ‘renewable energy team’. The scammers lure people with the offer of a $2,000 solar rebate and…