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Strong Choices Campaign to Tackle Unprecedented Debt Problem

Treasurer Tim Nicholls has invited all Queenslanders to contribute to a “People’s Budget” to tell the State Government how they would tackle the once-in-a-generation threat of an $80 billion State debt. This excessive debt level is what destroyed the State's AAA credit rating.  The Strong Choic... ... (23-Apr)

National Volunteer Week Community Celebration – 16 May

In celebration of National Volunteers Week 2014, I am delighted to join with Volunteering Sunshine Coast to host our annual community event to recognise the valuable work of volunteers in our not for profit groups on the Sunshine Coast.  I will be presenting our volunteers with a certificate of... ... (23-Apr)

ANZAC Day services – 25 April

ANZAC Day for me is a special time to remember and be thankful for the many ordinary people who bravely took on extraordinary challenges to serve our nation, and of course,  to acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice of the thousands who never returned. Remembrance is about learning from the past t... ... (23-Apr)

Sunshine Coast dental wait lists slashed

The number of dental patients on the waiting list in the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) has almost halved during the period February 2013 to December 2013. 12,139 dental vouchers have been issued to give patients access to urgent dental care. In February 2013, 8,836 people were ... ... (29-Mar)

Education Funding wins

The State Government is focused on improving education outcomes for our children by increasing spending on education by $707 million, delivering 724 new teachers and support staff.   State schools in the Maroochydore electorate have received almost $800,000 in funding to boost students’ le... ... (28-Mar)

Local housing waiting list down by 40 per cent

New figures released this month reveal the social housing waiting list in the Maroochydore electorate has decreased by 40 per cent since the election of the Newman Government. The number of households waiting for social housing assistance in the Maroochydore electorate had been cut to its lowest l... ... (28-Mar)

Support for community call to action over alcohol-fuelled violence

Thank you to everyone who took part in the State Government’s on-line survey and my Facebook forum to share their views on this important issue. There is a community-wide resolve to stop the violence and I believe support for tougher laws for offenders as well as a need for a culture change about t... ... (28-Mar)

Work to begin on Maroochydore Road $2.4 million rehabilitation project

Further rehabilitation works on the Maroochydore Road are due to commence early April 2014 and is expected to take five weeks to complete, weather permitting This $2.4 million project will involve replacing the existing asphalt surface with a new high-quality asphalt surface which will provide a saf... ... (28-Mar)

Calls for a tougher stance on drug and alcohol-related violence

The State Government has announced a stronger stance against drug and alcohol-fuelled violence, including tougher penalties for offenders and a greater police presence in entertainment precincts. All options must be put on the table for consideration with feedback from Queenslanders, and especially... ... (23-Jan)

Honour an inspirational Queensland woman

I am seeking nominations for a local “Queensland Inspiring Woman” to go in the running to be honoured at my breakfast at Queensland Parliament House in Brisbane on March 7, 2014. As Speaker I am delighted to be hosting the Queensland Inspiring Women awards in recognition of International Women’s D... ... (23-Jan)

The Queensland Plan: a 30 year vision for Queensland

Our working draft has now been released for public review from Sunday 8 December 2013 until 7 March 2014. Feedback on the working draft will be used to refine the final plan, which will be released mid-2014.  More information and a copy of the draft plan is available online at ... (23-Jan)

Free training for Year 12 graduates

Queensland school leavers will be given fee-free training in core skills areas from next year in a bid to boost frontIine services and build the state’s economy.  11 high-priority qualifications would be available fee-free under the Certificate III Guarantee if students started their training ... ... (05-Dec)

New Board for Construction Watchdog

The creation of the Queensland’s new building industry watchdog, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) heralds the start of the most significant reform of the construction industry regulations in more than 20 years.  The QBCC will replace the controversial Building Ser... ... (05-Dec)

Disaster and Emergency information now available online

Vital information on natural disasters and emergencies are now available online at   This One-Stop Shop approach will provide Queenslanders with easy to access, up to date, consistent information online via a smart phone, tablet or PC, or by calling or visiting a gov... ... (05-Dec)

Voting Revolution for Queensland

Voting will be revolutionised at the next state election under electoral reforms recently introduced in Parliament.   Queensland’s electoral system will be modernised and simplified but also better protected, with proof of identity to be required on polling days to prevent voter impersonation... ... (05-Dec)

New State Planning Policy Announced

The State Government has unveiled landmark reforms to revolutionise Queensland’s planning processes.    The new policy provides greater clarity for local governments by consolidating in one document, the state interests and policies that councils must consider when preparing or amending... ... (05-Dec)

Review of Body Corporate and Property Laws

The State Government has recently announced that it will conduct a broad review of our property laws, including the Body Corporate and Community Management Act (BCCM Act). The broad ranging review will look at the Property Law Act, seller disclosure across various pieces of legislation and Body Cor... ... (05-Dec)

Progress made on cutting red tape for hospitality, tourism and property industries

The State Government is making progress in its commitment to reduce red tape by 20% by 2018 with changes to liquor licencing legislation helping small businesses and supporting our local tourism industry. Tour operators will now be allowed to serve up to two standard alcoholic drinks to their gues... ... (05-Dec)

Pedestrian safety steps up on Aerodrome Road

Pedestrian safety on Aerodrome Road will be improved thanks to a new signalised pedestrian crossing currently under construction between May Street and Fourth Avenue. Local residents have lobbied for an extra crossing and this a good outcome for the local community who crosses this road to access ... ... (05-Dec)

Maroochydore Bus Station now operational for new bus network

While work is still ongoing at the new Maroochydore Bus Station, the new platforms have been operational from Monday 25th November to facilitate the changes to services as part of the new bus network.    I am following up with the Minister about concerns raised about pedestrians crossing... ... (05-Dec)

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