Queensland leads the way on jobs

Queensland has consolidated its place as the nation’s engine room of job creation after the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics were released today. Acting Treasurer John McVeigh said that 75 per cent of all the jobs created in Australia over the year to December 2013 were created in Queensland. “35,200 jobs were…

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…

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…

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,…