Sunnies day targets school children

Primary-aged school children in Queensland are being targeted on National Sunnies Day to wear sunglasses to protect their eyes.   Health Minister Lawrence Springborg is passionate about the campaign to protect eyes from sun damage, because as a child he experienced pterygium, an eye condition caused by overexposure to the sun. “The Queensland Eye Institute…

New laws to keep Queensland schools safe

Queensland principals will have more powers to make their schools even safer as part of the LNP Government’s plan to support local decision-making and improve outcomes for students. Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said a raft of new laws passed by Parliament delivered on the government’s commitment to make schools safe places to learn and work.…

Innovative disability accommodation helping families

More Queensland families will have greater certainty and peace of mind about housing for their adult children with disabilities through the expansion of a State Government support program. Premier Campbell Newman said the $17 million Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Trial had so far created 61 new accommodation places across Queensland for adults with disabilities who…

Emergency vehicles given the green light

Families across Queensland will be safer as more emergency vehicles are given the ‘green light’ when responding to emergencies. Premier Campbell Newman said Emergency Vehicle Priority (EVP) technology was being expanded to more fire trucks and ambulances in the state which had the potential to save many lives. “This technology clears the path for our…

Queensland Australian of the Year Award recipients announced

Passionate child protection campaigner Hetty Johnston has been named as Queensland’s recipient of the Australian of the Year Award for 2015. Premier Campbell Newman congratulated Ms Johnston, the founder of child advocacy charity Bravehearts, for her tireless and effective work in campaigning to keep children safe. “Like Hetty Johnston, the Government wants to make Queensland…

Queensland backs call for federation review

The Prime Minister’s call for a fundamental review of the roles and responsibilities of state and federal governments has today been welcomed by Premier Campbell Newman. Mr Newman said Queensland was ready to play a full part in the national debate on the future of federation. “I welcome Prime Minister Abbott’s commitment to working with…

Paramedics, nurses keep watch at QLD watch-houses

Detainees in watch-houses will be monitored and treated by a paramedics or a nurse in a trial designed to blunt the dangers of alcohol, drugs and street violence. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said 17 watch-houses were included in the trial, which was part of the Government’s Queensland-wide ‘Safe Night Out’ Strategy. Dedicated paramedic officers and…

Extra safety boost for transport network

More Senior Network Officers will patrol south-east Queensland’s public transport network as part of the Newman Government’s plan to keep Queenslanders safe. Premier Campbell Newman and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson announced the first of 18 new Senior Network Officers will be trained and deployed on the network by the end of the…