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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)

Work starting soon to make Mooloolaba roads safer

Construction work is starting soon to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians at the busy intersection with Pacific Terrace and Mooloolaba Road (also known as Buderim Ave). The new traffic lights and signal-controlled pedestrian crossings will make it easier and safer for motorists to exit Pac... ... (28-Oct)

Safety issues at Ocean Street taxi rank

I love the wonderful dining areas and entertainment that have sprung up in Ocean Street. It has become a very popular place with people of all ages enjoying it, particularlyduring the monthly markets. However, there are some urgent issues to fix so we keep it safe for all and I have called on the At... ... (30-Sep)

Should Queensland have fixed-four year terms?

The Finance and Administration Committee is investigating into introducing four year terms to the Queensland Parliament and I am seeking your feedback on how often you think State Elections should be held. Currently, the Premier of Queensland can call a general election at his or her whim, subject ... ... (30-Sep)

Urgent action needed to tackle Domestic and Family Violence

We are all saddened by the tragic domestic violence events over recent  weeks and as a community we must step up on this issue to eradicate this violence from our communities. There are a number of helplines to provide immediate support: DVConnect Womensline     &nb... ... (30-Sep)

Deaths, injury and accidents on road to our new Hospital

In recent Parliamentary Estimates Hearings I took up the funding fight to fix a dangerous bottleneck leading to the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital, asking the Main Roads Minister what his plan was to address the existing problem which would become worse once the hospital opens in 2016. ... ... (30-Sep)

Have your say on domestic violence

Let's not keep this a taboo subject. I am asking Sunshine Coast residents to have their say on the LNP’s plan to tackle domestic and family violence in Queensland.  We have released a consultation paper and are seeking feedback on a proposed scheme modelled on the United Kingdom&rsquo... ... (29-Jul)

Road safety improvements at David Low Way/Tanah St intersection

Thank you for the feedback about plans to install new traffic signals at the intersection of David Low Way and Tanah Street East/West.  While some members of the community are happy that funding has been provided to improve safety at this accident black spot, I appreciate the view that some wou... ... (29-Jul)

Unions win, Ratepayers lose

The union bosses are the winners and ratepayers are the losers under Labor's new industrial relation laws passed by Parliament. Councils are warning the new heavily union-dominated laws could cost up to 1500 jobs throughout the state due to banning of contracting out and removing the flexibil... ... (26-Jun)

Trucking the Bruce Highway

I am currently in a truck heading south on the Bruce Highway from Cairns to Brisbane to hear and see first-hand what is needed for this vital 1700km lifeline for Queensland. I’ve been grabbing a ride with different trucking companies as they go about their normal business of moving freight... ... (26-Jun)


The Sunshine Coast’s biggest rail bottleneck will be fixed under the LNP’s plan to duplicate the Sunshine Coast train line, starting in 2015/2016. The $532 million project is the biggest and best breakthrough for Sunshine Coast public transport since the 1880s.   The duplicatio... ... (22-Jan)

Independence Day for Maroochydore State High School

Congratulations to Maroochydore State High School on being named among 50 Queensland state schools to become Independent Public Schools next year. The decision will give the school community a greater say in how the school is run and more freedom to make decisions to directly benefit their stud... ... (02-Dec)

Power plan for price relief

It’s good to see the savings are already flowing on household power bills with the Federal Coalition’s abolition of the carbon tax. In Queensland, further savings are expected with the State Government’s newly announced plan to permanently remove the cost of the Solar Bonus Scheme from electricity p... ... (30-Oct)

Have your say on Sunshine Coast Airport expansion

Information is now available for local residents to find out the facts and have their say about the Sunshine Coast Council’s proposed Airport expansion which will include a new east-west runway. This new project is finally coming to fruition after first being proposed in about 1983.  Now critic... ... (30-Oct)

Queenslanders encouraged to have their say on Domestic and Family Violence

 Domestic and family violence affects not just those subjected to the violence and their families, but the whole community.  The Queensland Government has established a Special Taskforce, to be chaired by the Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO, former Governor-General of Australia, to t... ... (23-Sep)

More State Funding available for sporting facilities

Sunshine Coast sporting clubs are urged to apply for State Government funding for large projects that provide new sport and recreation facilities or improve on existing facilities. Local clubs are invited to apply for funding for larger scale infrastructure projects ranging from $400,000 to $1.5 mil... ... (23-Sep)

Strong reforms ensure a Safe Night Out on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a safe night thanks to the nation’s most comprehensive package of reforms designed to help end alcohol and drug-related violence.  The Sunshine Coast community has had enough of this senseless violence and the Government has heard thei... ... (23-Sep)

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