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…

Bell tolls for poor customer service

Using toll roads will become a better experience for drivers as operators work to improve signage and adopt a consistent approach to fees and charges. Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve Minnikin said an investigation was conducted following more than 60 complaints in six months about the current tolling arrangements in Queensland. “To reduce confusion,…

State Government boosts small business confidence

The Newman Government has recorded the strongest increase in small business support across the nation according to a new survey from the Sensis Business Index report. Minister for Small Business Jann Stuckey said the latest research identified the Newman Government’s reduction in red tape and bureaucracy as a real win for small businesses. “The Newman…

Renewable Energy Target must be reviewed

Queensland Minister for Energy Mark McArdle has reinforced the need for the Renewable Energy Target to be revised, to take pressure off electricity prices for Queenslanders. Mr McArdle said recent commentary alleging that the Renewable Energy Target places significant downward pressure on electricity prices is incorrect. “In determining the cost of making, producing and supplying…

Mid-Year Review highlights debt problem

The Mid-Year Fiscal and Economic Review highlighted the shadow being cast over Queensland’s finances by Labor’s black cloud of debt, Treasurer Tim Nicholls announced today.  Mr Nicholls said the report showed that while the Government had kept its expenses under control, Queensland continued to have debt levels well above other states. Key forecasts from the…

Nominations open for 2014 Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Individuals, businesses, industries, schools and community groups who have adopted sustainable business practices are encouraged to nominate for the Premier’s Sustainability Awards as positive role models for all Queenslanders.  Premier Campbell Newman said the awards celebrate those who are working to reduce our impact on the planet, strengthen our economy, and maintain our enviable Queensland…