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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)

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)

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