Sunshine Coast to host DestinationQ Forum

The Sunshine Coast will take centre stage when Queensland’s tourism industry comes together for the third annual DestinationQ Forum on 16-17 September. The two day event will be held jointly at the Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa and the Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort and Spa, and delivers on the Government’s election promise to grow…


On your bike Sunshine Coast!

Sunshine Coast National Parks will be better protected under a plan to end illegal motorbike riding and create a new facility for recreational riders in Mooloolah Logging Area. Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing Steve Dickson said the need for a facility in the region was identified as part of a Queensland Government…


The largest area of Queensland ever drought declared

Emergency aid and funding will be made available to another 15 shires after 79 per cent of Queensland was declared in drought, the largest area ever recorded. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh added the southern Queensland Shires of Banana, Bundaberg, Cherbourg, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Moreton Bay, Noosa, North Burnett, South…


Simpson urges stand against binge drinking & disrespect

State MP Fiona Simpson has taken to the floor of Parliament to support a community call to action over alcohol-fuelled violence. Ms Simpson said: “It’s time to challenge the culture that tolerates binge drinking and losing control and to take a stand against behaviour that disrespects others and threatens their safety.” Expressing her condolences to…


Zero tolerance for violence

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson has expressed anger and sorrow over the latest tragic death on the Sunshine Coast, amidst recent public concerns about alcohol fuelled violence.   “As a community, we are appalled by this tragedy and as a society we must do all that we can to stop it happening,” Ms Simpson said.…


Local housing waiting list down by 40 per cent

New figures released this month reveal the social housing waiting list in the Maroochydore electorate has decreased by 40 per cent since the election of the Newman Government.   Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the number of households waiting for social housing assistance in the Maroochydore electorate had been cut to its lowest level…


Have your say on alcohol-related violence

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