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Sports Funding Wins for local clubs

Congratulations to local sports and recreation clubs who have been successful in the latest funding round of the State Government’s Get in the Game program. Two North Shore Clubs will receive large grants to upgrade their facilities and 13 lucky local clubs will receive grants of up to $10,00... ... (30-Nov)

Sunshine Coast businesses meet with Shadow Treasurer

I was delighted to welcome Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Small Business Minister, Scott Emerson to the Sunshine Coast to hear first-hand from small business owners about how to help businesses grow and create jobs. While there are glimmers of hope in the Sunshine Coast business community due to a tou... ... (30-Nov)

We are grateful - Thank you for your service

You can show your appreciation for those who serve and have served in the armed services by displaying one of these stickers. Please help to spread the message that we are always grateful and we ...remember them throughout the year - not just on Remembrance Day or Anzac Day. Along with some of ... ... (30-Nov)

Fairer debt-recovery system for victims of crime

Victims of crime should not have to wait years for court-ordered compensation to be paid to them through the State Penalties and Enforcement Agency (SPER). I spoke in Parliament on behalf of local residents Andy and Laurel Leach, who have been waiting over six years to receive a single dollar of t... ... (30-Nov)

Sunshine Coast Team working together

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester visited the Sunshine Coast to meet with the Sunshine Coast team and see first-hand some of the priority infrastructure projects we are lobbying for, including: ·     Duplication of the North Coast Rail Line &mi... ... (28-Oct)

Fewer local police on the beat under Labor

Our police do such a fantastic job.  We want to help them by making sure we have enough police resources.  I am concerned about new figures showing a drop in front line police officers across the Sunshine Coast since Labor took office. In response to a question Ms Simpson asked in Parli... ... (30-Sep)

Fight continues for public toilets at Mt Coolum National Park

I recently met with local residents who are desperate to see public toilets provided at our much-loved Mt Coolum National Park. More than 10,000 locals and tourists visit this iconic tourism destination every month to climb to the summit and enjoy the views.  Visitors include bus-loads of sc... ... (29-Sep)

Expansion of Point Arkwright conservation area finalised

I am celebrating a win for the environment with the transfer of the old Point Arkwright Police reserve into the adjacent Yinneburra Bushland Conservation Reserve now finalised. This environmentally significant and heavily vegetated block of land on the corner of Andrew Street and David Low Way has ... ... (29-Sep)

Sunshine Coast economy shines brightly

The recent boost in local job numbers is very encouraging for the Sunshine Coast region, particularly as it goes against the trend we are seeing in the rest of Queensland.  Our unemployment rate has fallen from 6.6% to 4.8% over the 12 months to August 2016 and it is now below national average.... ... (29-Sep)

Vehicle Registration renewal options

Now that vehicle registration labels are no longer sent out by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR), there are various tools available to help you ensure your vehicle is registered.  Go to or call 13 23 80 for more information.  It is important to... ... (26-Aug)

Speed limit reduction a win for local community

I am celebrating news of a win for road safety along a busy section of theYandina-Coolum Road with members of the Yandina Creek and Coolum Beach Christian College community. In response to concerns raised by the local community, I have been campaigning to have speed limit reduced from 100km/h to 8... ... (25-Jul)

Nominate now for Australian of the Year Awards

Now is the time to nominate a local hero or admirable Australian who you would like to see recognised on Australia Day 2017 for the outstanding contribution they have made. Each year the Awards recognise 128 Australians who have made a difference to our society in many different ways – eith... ... (25-Jul)

Nominate now for Regional Achievement and Community Awards

Now’s your chance to nominate an individual, business or group who is passionate about making Queensland a better place to live. Nominations are open in a number of categories including Community Group of the Year, Cultural Diversity, Excellence in Aged Care, Leadership and Innovation, Trade... ... (25-Jul)

Could you be a Street Angel?

Sunshine Coast Street Angels are looking for volunteers who can work with experienced Team Leaders for a couple of nights a month. Supported by Community Solutions Inc., Street Angels is a volunteer based public safety service for individuals in need due to homelessness, intoxication, substance ab... ... (22-Mar)

Fighting Labor infrastructure freeze

The Labor Government's infrastructure freeze has seen a billion dollars a year stripped from the State's infrastructure spend meaning we're not only fighting for a fairer share of the pie, but a bigger pie as these state-wide cuts are unsustainable. However, we will keep fighting with one united vo... ... (22-Mar)

Important reminder to update your address

Just a friendly reminder about the importance of updating your personal address details – it could save you a lot of unintended costs. Election times are a good reminder to ensure that your address details are up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission and other government agencies l... ... (22-Mar)

Calling for nominations for Queensland Community Foundation Philanthropist of the Year Awards

This is your opportunity to nominate an individual or organisation for their outstanding contribution to not-for-profit organisations in Queensland.   Categories include:   •    Junior (students from Years 7 - 12) •    Young (individuals ... ... (18-Feb)

New QSTARS program for tenants advice and advocacy

A new service providing tenancy advice and advocacy is now operating at the office of Suncoast Community Legal Service, TAFE Building, 170 Horton Parade, Maroochydore. The service provides advice to tenants about their rights and responsibilities and helps with tenancy blacklist database removal.&n... ... (18-Feb)

Funding wins for local sports and community groups

Ten not-for-profit organisations in the Maroochydore electorate are celebrating funding wins from latest quarterly round of the State Government Gambling Community Benefit Fund. Funds totalling over $200,000 will support the vital work of these hardworking local community groups and help Sunshine... ... (18-Feb)

Community safety fears as violent offender walks free

I have asked the Attorney-General to appeal the suspended sentence recently handed out to the perpetrator of another senseless, alcohol-fuelled, violent assault on the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast community has been shocked by news of another violent attack on our streets and is asking how t... ... (28-Oct)

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