May is domestic and family violence prevention month

‘Don’t let concern become regret – make the call to DVConnect’: That’s the message from Communities Minister Tracy Davis in the lead up to Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month 2014. Ms Davis said the month which was held each May, raised awareness of domestic and family violence and aligned with the Queensland Government’s election…

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$3 million incentive to boost vaccination rates

A $3 million incentive to improve vaccination rates has been posted by the State Government in a bid to inspire local strategies that protect young Queenslanders.  Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said that while our state-wide vaccination rates are among the best in Australia, Queensland plans local strategies to lift rates of inoculation to a new…

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Queensland breakthrough makes chemo safer

A Queensland research breakthrough could relieve the suffering of millions of chemotherapy patients around the world. Science and Innovation Minister Ian Walker said Associate Professor Ingrid Winkler from Mater Research had discovered how to flick a biological switch that allowed the immune system to be better protected during the onslaught of chemo. “Every year about…

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Maroochydore bus station taxi trial

The Newman Government will implement a new late-night taxi pick-up zone providing a safer place to wait for a cab on the Sunshine Coast. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson and Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the new taxi zone will be trialled for 12 months at the new Maroochydore Bus Station. “Under…

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People’s Budget proves popular with Queenslanders

More than 16,000 Queenslanders have had their say on how to lower Queensland’s debt to a sustainable level through the ‘Strong Choices’ website in its first full week of operation. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the response to the website confirmed that Queenslanders were engaged in the discussion on tackling the $80 billion accumulated debt problem and the $4…

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$12.4 million boost for community groups across the State

Almost 600 local community organisations across Queensland will share in over $12.4 million in the latest round of State Government community benefit grants. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the latest funding boost would help charities and not-for-profit organisations provide invaluable programs and services in their local area. “This Government recognises the financial…

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State funding boost for local community groups

News of just over $70,000 in grants to five local community groups under the latest State Government funding rounds has been welcomed by Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson. Funding from the latest  round of grants from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and the Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund will provide welcome financial support for local…

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