Recent stories featured in my e-newsletters

New funding announced for work skills training

Congratulations to  Queensland Churches of Christ on being awarded a  $387,400 grant from the State Government’s Community Learning initiative. Under round one of the funding, Learn to Earn Training Programs will be delivered by Solutions for Learning and Care Training and Consulting at tr... ... (10-Oct)

New Ambos for the Sunshine Coast

 It is important that our hardworking ambulance service is properly supported. That’s why I welcome the five extra intensive care paramedics who joined the Sunshine Coast district this year – and the extra 10 paramedics the service has assigned to join our growing region early next year. Contr... ... (10-Oct)

Tourism and construction boost

I welcome news of a Japanese company’s plans to inject up to $120 million a year into our local economy to build a new luxury resort and residential development at Yaroomba. The proposed “Living with Nature” Development will be the first significant new hotel on the Sunshine Coast in recent times.&n... ... (10-Oct)

Premier’s Drama Awards

Budding playwrights can have their play professionally produced by winning the Premier’s 2014 Drama Award.   We are looking for playwrights who have a story about Queensland to tell.  The plays don’t have to be set in Queensland but the spirit of the award is about reflecting an aspec... ... (16-Sep)

Supporting Women Scholarships program

The Department of Education, Training and Employment has announced the opening of round two of their Supporting Women Scholarship program for women considering future study in agriculture and environmental studies, architecture and building, engineering, earth science, or information technology. Sch... ... (16-Sep)

The Queensland Plan

There has been a great response to the Queensland Plan in the Maroochydore electorate with 104 individual responses to the survey and over 40 people attending my round table forums.  Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to give me your feedback or completed the online survey. I have enj... ... (16-Sep)

Maroochy North Shore Lions

I was delighted to join with the Maroochy North Shore Lions to celebrate their 10 years of service to the North Shore Community.  Their valued volunteers have worked hard over the years to raise funds for worthy causes and community projects at the Mudjimba Surf Club and local schools.&nbs... ... (16-Sep)

Sporting events are welcome boost to Sunshine Coast tourism

This weekend’s inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 was an exciting addition to the Sunshine Coast’s expanding calendar of sporting events.   I was delighted to help welcome almost 2,000 athletes from around the world to Mooloolaba for the region’s first IRONMAN event on Sunday 15th September. The regio... ... (16-Sep)

Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area

While we can all take pride in the diversity of our unique collection of communities which make up the Sunshine Coast, I believe Council’s plans to recognize Maroochydore as the region’s main commercial centre will complement and enhance our regional economy and our social fabric. The announcem... ... (16-Sep)

Health funding update

A $45 million boost to health funding to tackle Sunshine Coast waiting lists is welcome news in the State Budget. The funding will improve access to general, orthopaedic surgery, medicine, ear, nose and throat and gastroenterology services.  I appreciate the big focus initially was on tackling ... ... (08-Jul)

Help with electricity costs for low income households

The Government will double the Home Energy Emergency Assistance Scheme to $10 million, to help those most in need.  This scheme helps low income households with an emergency payment of up to $720 per annum over a two year period.  For more information and to make an application, contact y... ... (08-Jul)

State funding boost for local community groups

I welcome news that nearly a quarter of a million dollars in grants has been allocated to 11 local community groups under the latest State Government funding rounds. Millions of dollars have been provided across Queensland through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and the Jupiters Casino Community... ... (08-Jul)

Queensland Plan public forum

You are invited to contribute your ideas to The Queensland Plan, a 30-year vision for our great state. When:              Friday 9th August Time:               1pm – 3p... ... (08-Jul)

Other budget news

$1.9 million will be spent this year on a new building at Coolum State High School and an extra $100 million in maintenance funding has been allocated for Queensland State schools to clear up the  school maintenance backlog. This highly popular program has resulted in significant, locally-drive... ... (08-Jul)

LNP gets tough on crime

The State Government is serious about taking a strong stance on crime and has already implemented a number of law and order reforms since taking office. The Criminal Law (Two Strike Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Act 2012, which commenced in July 2012, provides a mandatory sentence of life imprisonm... ... (08-Jul)

Coast residents to keep scoring with Get in the Game

Families and sports clubs across Queensland will have the opportunity to Get in the Game, with the second round of funding for the State Government’s grassroots initiative to open this month. Local families and sports/recreation clubs can apply for Get Started from 15 July, followed by Get Going and... ... (08-Jul)

Changes reduce red tape for community events and low risk venues

Recent changes to liquor and gaming laws will make it easier for community groups to hold fundraising and community events without the need to obtain liquor permits. More than 20 amendments have been made that will reduce liquor and gaming red tape under the Liquor and Gaming (Red Tape Reduction) a... ... (08-Jul)

Membership drive for Lions Club of Maroochydore

The Maroochydore Lions are looking for new members to get involved in their humanitarian and fundraising work. If you are interested in finding out more, why not go along to their Membership Information evening on 23rd July at the Waterfront Hotel at 6.30pm.  For more information, please contac... ... (31-May)

Licence reform for Queensland drivers

Better educated younger drivers and changes for older drivers are included in a package of driver licence reforms which have been recommended by some of Queensland’s leading road safety experts. The Queensland Driver Licence reforms include changes to the Q-SAFE driver tests, older driver medical ce... ... (31-May)

School road safety boost for Maroochydore High

The State Government is ramping up its commitment to improving safety around school zones with flashing light signs being installed at seven Sunshine Coast schools including Maroochydore State High School.  This extra safety boost is particularly important for schools like Maroochydore High whe... ... (31-May)

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