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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 www.qld.gov.... ... (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 www.qld.gov.au/emergency.   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)

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)

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