Freight on the move

The Newman Government has developed a clear direction to guide Queensland’s growing freight industry by increasing rail use and creating a more efficient road network.Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the Moving Freight Strategy, endorsed by several peak industry organisations, identifies 38 actions to meet the freight demand over the next 10 years.…

Government to seek private sector infrastructure investment

The Newman Government will investigate private sector infrastructure funding for state-owned electricity transmission and distribution businesses, Treasurer Tim Nicholls announced today. Mr Nicholls said the former Labor Government’s mismanagement meant an $80 billion black cloud of debt was hanging over Queensland’s future. “The Newman Government is continuing its measured and methodical plan to turn Queensland’s…

Property transactions join the digital age

Property transactions have become easier, with stage one of a national e-conveyancing system that does away with a number paper documents, now live in Queensland.Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said the release of Property Exchange Australia in Queensland means mortgage dealings and mortgage releases can now be processed online.“The Newman Government is…

Police to target alcohol related violence

The Queensland Police Service will not tolerate any violence in the weeks leading up to the Christmas period, revellers have been warned today. Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey said police officers would be out in force over the weekend as the annual Operation Unite blitz on alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour. “The…

Labor’s carbon tax = higher electricity bills

Labor’s ongoing support for the carbon tax is forcing Queenslanders to face higher electricity prices in 2014-15 regardless of a mountain of evidence the tax is hurting Queensland families. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the carbon tax was imposing a real cost on Queensland electricity consumers. “The QCA’s own figures show that without the carbon tax…

Huge response to recreation review of SEQ dams

More than 3,000 organisations and individuals have seized the opportunity to shape the future of recreation at South East Queensland’s dams and catchments as part of the most extensive review ever undertaken. Almost six months through Seqwater’s Recreation Management Review, Minister for Water Supply Mark McArdle said community interest had exceeded expectations. “The recreation review…

Google Transit launches in SEQ

Almost 1500 TransLink train, bus and ferry services can be accessed via Google, with south east Queensland’s entire public transport network now available through Google Transit. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said Google Transit provided another avenue for passengers to plan their journeys, across one of the largest networks in the world. “Tourists…

Labor’s weak sex offender laws under review

Queensland’s sex offender laws will undergo an immediate review as part of the Newman Government’s commitment to making this state the safest place to raise a child. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said particular focus would be on the former Labor Government’s Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003. “For victims of sexual offenders,…

Tell us what you want for council elections

The Newman Government is calling for your opinion on possible changes to how council elections should be held after concerns were raised following the last council polls. Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said a discussion paper on the Local Government Electoral Act had been released to get the ball rolling. “We inherited a local government…