Federal education funding welcomed

Premier Campbell Newman today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that Queensland schools would receive $794 million in additional funding over the next four years.“I am delighted Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Minister Christopher Pyne have honoured their election commitment to match Labor’s education funding dollar for dollar,” he said. “The Abbott Government had already committed…

Toll road website to curb confusion

Paying your toll will be much simpler following the launch of a new website that provides a one-stop shop for information about Queensland toll roads. Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve Minnikin said the new Queensland Toll Roads website will help visitors to Brisbane and casual toll road users avoid confusion over what they owe…

New Power Advocate to protect consumers

Queensland energy users’ rights and interests are the focus of a new Queensland energy consumer advocacy body being considered by the Newman Government. Minister for Energy Mark McArdle said several consumer representative groups met last week and had provided in principle agreement to terms of reference and the intent to establish the body by March…

Committee recommends cycling law overhaul

An overhaul of Queensland cycling rules will include a safe distance provision and increased penalties for breaking road rules, as the Newman Government delivers better planning for safer roads. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said many of the 68 recommendations put forward by the Transport, Housing and Local Government committee would directly lead…

Community grants commemorate ANZAC Centenary

The Newman Government has announced $13.5 million for a community grants program, as part of $49.3 million in overall funding for events and activities to commemorate the centenary of the First World War starting next year. Minister Assisting the Premier on Veterans Affairs Glen Elmes said funding would be available for communities across the state…

New State Planning Policy announced

The Newman Government has unveiled landmark reforms to revolutionise the way local councils, the development and construction industry and the State work together to make the best planning decisions for all Queenslanders.Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney announced Queensland’s new State Planning Policy at an Urban Development Institute Association…

Disaster and emergency info just a click away

Queenslanders will have vital information on natural disasters at their fingertips with the launch of a centralised online platform www.qld.gov.au/emergency. Minister for Information Technology Ian Walker said the online Emergency Services and Safety platform means Queenslanders can find vital emergency-related information in one place with the click of a button. “This kind of service is…

Early Start for school literacy and numeracy support

A new teacher kit is set to improve literacy and numeracy skills of Prep to Year 2 students across Queensland over the coming years. Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek today launched the Early Start kit, a resource designed to help schools and teachers to monitor progress in literacy and numeracy. “The Newman Government…

New board for construction watchdog

Queensland’s new building industry watchdog will soon be a reality with a governing board set to take the reins from December. Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander said the creation of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) represented the start of the most significant reform of the way the industry was regulated in…

Birth certificate receives royal approval

Buderim twins have become the first babies to receive their special birth certificate, commemorating the birth of Prince George of Cambridge. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie today presented little Ivy and Phoenix Bowman with their new mementos. “Prince George’s birth was an important day in our history and the certificates will be a…