Queensland businesses freed from red tape

Around 7,000 Queensland firms will have more time and money to grow their businesses after the State Government announced another cut to red tape.  Treasurer Tim Nicholls said Queensland businesses with an annual payroll tax liability of less than $20,000 will now only need to lodge payroll tax returns just twice a year, instead of…

Retail trade shows encouraging growth

There is encouraging growth in Queensland’s retail sector with figures out today showing retail trade up 3.5 per cent seasonally adjusted in the year to July, Treasurer Tim Nicholls said.  Mr Nicholls said the State’s economy is on the cusp of strong growth and the retail sector is an important part of Queensland’s growth story. …

Construction forum to set out future growth

Over 300 members of Queensland’s $60 billion building and construction industry will come together over the next two days to develop a blueprint for the industry’s long-term future. Premier Campbell Newman said ConstructionQ was part of the Queensland Government’s promise to grow the construction industry and create thousands of jobs as one of the four…

Partnership encourages Queenslanders to ‘Get Ready’

Queenslanders are being told to ‘Get Ready’ for this year’s storm season thanks to a new partnership between RACQ and the State Government. Announcing the move today, Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said the sponsorship deal was worth $1 million over three years and would fund a state-wide call to action through community…

New campaign says GP not ED

A new marketing campaign aims to improve Emergency Department wait times by encouraging patients to visit their GP, instead of hospital Emergency Departments. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said Queensland Health had begun planning the campaign to reduce the thousands of unnecessary ED presentations to Queensland hospitals every year. “We have a strong commitment to improving…

New Disaster Management training makes communities safer

Queensland communities will be kept safer thanks to new, specialised disaster management training taking place at the Regional College of Disaster Management in Cairns. Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey said the Queensland Government was committed to enhancing the knowledge and skills of Queensland’s disaster management personnel, particularly in the north. “Twenty-five…

New teachers set for success in 2015

Queensland children will continue to have the best learning environment at their schools with the state’s newest teachers being given more support to improve their skills in the classroom from 2015. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek today congratulated more than 500 teachers who completed their first round of training to become mentors…

Deputy Premier reconfirms commitment to probity

Queensland’s Deputy Premier, Jeff Seeney, today reiterated the LNP Government’s commitment to the probity process surrounding Queensland’s integrated resort development (IRD) process. “The LNP government has given the highest priority to the probity of this process, which is why we have appointed Mr Len Scanlen as the probity advisor in the IRD process,” Mr Seeney…

Maintenance backlog slashed at schools

Queensland children will have safer schools and cleaner classrooms to learn in with another $100 million announced to clear the massive school maintenance backlog inherited by the State Government. Premier Campbell Newman said it was the next instalment of the $300 million election promise to revitalise frontline services by improving schools. “We want our state…