More State funding released to clear school maintenance backlog

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson has welcomed the second round of the State Government’s $300 million commitment to revitalise Queensland state schools.  Ms Simpson said the investment was part of the Advancing Our Schools Maintenance Fund, targeting school maintenance backlogs. “Thanks to the latest round of funding 5 schools in Maroochydore electorate will receive over…

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Queensland leads the nation in jobs creation

Queensland is again leading the nation in jobs creation, according to the latest ABS Labour Force data. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the result showed the Newman Government’s plan to grow a four-pillar economy, after years of Labor neglect, was working. “Queensland experienced the strongest increase in trend employment, with 4,200 jobs created in October,” Mr…

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Sunshine Coast aerospace precinct takes off

The Sunshine Coast Airport’s new aerospace precinct has launched with Machjet International cementing its tenancy today and new economic opportunities taking off in a way not possible under the previous Labor Government. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney turned the first sod at the Marcoola airport site today and…

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61 recruits join Queensland Police ranks

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has received a boost with 61 new officers inducted into the service this afternoon. Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the 61 new police officers had spent the last 25 weeks learning the skills they need to improve the safety of Queensland communities, which had deteriorated under Labor. “I thank the…

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Green light for tougher school discipline powers

Queensland’s state school principals will have greater discipline powers to manage disruptive student behaviour from the start of the 2014 school year. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the Education (Strengthening Discipline in State Schools) Amendment Bill 2013 had been passed by Queensland Parliament heralding major improvements for state school operations. “The…

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Queensland ecotourism zips to new heights

Visitors to a popular Sunshine Coast national park are set to reach lofty new heights with the Queensland Government opening an Expressions of Interest process for a zipline canopy tour. Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey and National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said Kondalilla National Park could soon be home to a new ecotourism experience, as the…

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Action Plan to clean up litter and illegal dumping

The Newman Government has launched an Action Plan to clean up litter and illegal dumping throughout the state.   Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said the Action Plan was a long-term initiative by the Newman Government to reduce litter and illegal dumping.   “We will focus on effective programs to change community…

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Queensland national parks protected into the future

Queensland parliament today passed amendments to cut red tape and increase protection of the state’s national parks, to further build the state’s four pillar economy and get Queensland back on track. National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said the Newman Government was continuing to deliver upon its election commitments to reduce red tape and conserve natural…

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Local education leaders meet with Minister

Empowering local school communities and getting better outcomes for students is a key focus of the Education Minister’s roundtable with local principals hosted by Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson. Ms Simpson organised the forum, to give local education leaders in her electorate a direct input into policy and provide feedback to Education Minister John Paul…

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