Recent stories featured in my e-newsletters

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)

Getting Young Queenslanders into jobs

Helping Sunshine Coast youth get the right training and then get a job is so important. There are big changes in vocational education and training (VET) which aim to do just this with the $615 million 2014/14 funding training in priority areas - where the jobs are.  For information vi... ... (09-Aug)

Council urged to submit plans Sunshine Coast Arts, Convention & Entertainment centre

I welcome Council's identification of the importance of this regional facility in the Maroochydore CBD and the setting aside of land - but I am urging them to bring forward their roadmap to deliver it.As a keen musician and patron of local theatre and choir groups, I believe it is vital that Council... ... (09-Aug)

Have your say on developing Queensland’s future for Education

The Queensland Government is undertaking extensive consultation with parents, schools, unions and education sectors to map out the future of education and create Queensland’s first Education Accord.All Queenslanders are encouraged to share their ideas that will determine priorities for our schools a... ... (15-Jul)

Grants of up to $100,000 available for community-based environmental projects

Local organizations who are passionate about our beautiful Sunshine Coast environment are invited to apply for a share of $5 million in funding through the State Government’s Everyone’s Environment grants program. Applications are now open for round three of the Everyone’s Environment grants program... ... (15-Jul)

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)

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