Four years until Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Friday 4 April 2014 marks four years until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™, with planning well underway to deliver the best Commonwealth Games ever, on-time and on-budget. Premier Campbell Newman said the Queensland Government and Commonwealth Games partners had been working diligently to deliver the biggest sports event ever held on the Gold Coast…

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Park pals to boost national park management

Environment and wildlife warriors will soon be pulling on the work-boots to help care for parks and forests across the state, thanks to new Friends of Parks contracts worth almost $880,000. Four organisations have signed on to assist with volunteer campground hosting and visitor services, wildlife monitoring, weed control, revegetating, and park maintenance. National Parks…

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Asbestos overhaul to make worksites safer

Queensland homes and worksites will be safer under a new asbestos management strategy that will be the most comprehensive and rigorous of its kind in Australia.  Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the Statewide Strategic Plan for the Safe Management of Asbestos in Queensland focused on effective cooperation with local councils, education and…

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Affordable housing scheme delivers on the Coast

Low income families on the Sunshine Coast continue to benefit from the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) with 485 affordable dwellings provided under the scheme so far. Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said that the scheme was delivering on the Government’s election promise to lower the cost of living for families.   “Boosting…

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Blueprint to drive future of natural resources

A blueprint has been released to deliver better services and economic and social benefits to Queenslanders, fulfilling the Newman Government’s election promise to grow a four pillar economy. Mr Cripps said the Department of Natural Resources and Mines blueprint outlined the government’s vision for the responsible and productive use of Queensland’s land, water, mineral and…

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State supports Fatality Free Friday

Queenslanders are being urged to support Fatality Free Friday (May 30) in a bid to further drive down the road toll. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson and Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey said the Queensland Government was supporting the initiative for a second year, delivering on a key election promise.…

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Labor supports militant unions over safety and productivity

Queensland worksites are becoming the safest and most productive in Australia with legislation that toughens penalties for electrical safety breaches and prevents union bullying passed in Parliament. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the work health and safety (WHS) reforms restored balance to the system. “We are protecting workers from unsafe practices and…

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