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Round Two of Everyone’s Environment grants program opens

Community groups that support and protect our beautiful the natural environment are being encouraged to apply for Round Two of the State Government’s Everyone’s Environment grants program. Maroochy Waterwatch were successful in receiving a $100,000 grant to support its work to keep the Maroochy Riv... ... (31-May)

Positive step forward in flying fox management

I have welcomed the State Government’s move to give local Councils more authority to manage problem flying fox roosts in urban areas.  A more streamlined approvals process will give local Councils the authority to manage flying fox roosts in urban areas without having to apply to the State Gove... ... (31-May)

New marine system to keep Maroochy River safe

A new marine safety system has been announced for the Maroochy River. These new recommendations are the result of two reports, public consultation and many work hours from a group of key community stakeholders. For more information on the changes, visit  www.msq.qld.gov.au. Key elements of the ... ... (31-May)

$23,592 funding boost for local community groups

Congratulations to community groups in the my electorate who have shared in $23,592 in funding from the Queensland Government’s Caring for Our Community grants program to purchase essential equipment to continue their good work helping others. Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club  &nb... ... (31-May)

Thanks a million” to our Sunshine Coast Volunteers

 I was delighted to mark this year’s National Volunteers Week with 260 of our valued Sunshine Coast volunteers co-hosting a celebration in Cotton Tree Park with Volunteering Sunshine Coast. Mayor Mark Jamieson joined me in honouring our volunteers for the important contribution they make to ou... ... (31-May)

State Government Water rebate

The $80 rebate from the State Government appeared in the last water bill for Sunshine Coast residents fulfilling our election commitment. This is a one-off payment of $80 to provide SEQ households with help in reducing cost-of-living expenses. For households receiving a water bill from Unitywater, t... ... (17-Apr)

Works starts on Maroochydore bus station update

Work has now started on the new Maroochydore bus station near the Sunshine Plaza at the Cornmeal and Sunseeker Parade intersection after the official ‘turning of the sod’. This is a significant investment in public transport infrastructure on the Sunshine Coast, and will be a boost for the local eco... ... (17-Apr)

Legal centres

Congratulations to two local Community Legal Centres who will receive grants from the State Government for the 2013/14 financial year to help provide vital legal support to vulnerable constituents. Centacare in Maroochydore will receive $146,910 in funding and Suncoast Community Legal Service Inc wi... ... (17-Apr)

Sunshine Coast Airport meeting

I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak at a community meeting held at the Sunshine Coast Airport hosted by the North Shore Residents and Traders Associations and the Marcoola Progress Association in February. Councillors Jason OPray and Stephen Robinson, Sunshine Coast Airport CEO at mysel... ... (12-Mar)

Coast to host our first IRONMAN 70.3 in September

The Sunshine Coast is building on its superb reputation as a world class sporting event destination with the announcement of the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 to be held in Mooloolaba on 15 September 2013. This is great news for tourism operators and local businesses who look to gain in excess of $3 millio... ... (12-Mar)

Mooloolaba Triathlon

I’m looking forward to welcoming thousands of competitors and spectators to the Sunshine Coast for the 21st Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival from 15th – 17th March. Since the first Mooloolaba Triathlon in May 1993 the event has grown to become the second largest triathlon in Australia behind its counte... ... (11-Mar)

Honour an Inspirational Woman

 There are inspirational women from the Maroochydore electorate who are making a positive contribution to their community – some are well-known and others do their work quietly without fanfare. This is your opportunity to spring a surprise and show your appreciation. To coincide with Internatio... ... (04-Feb)

Flood Assistance for Sunshine Coast Residents

The Sunshine Coast has been included in a growing list of communities who are now eligible for help under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Residents suffering hardship as a result of the recent flood and storms associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald are now eligible... ... (04-Feb)

Event funding boost for Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba has received a $15,000 funding boost from the State Government to support local events under the latest round of the Events Queensland Regional Development Program (EQRDP). Events play a key role in attracting visitors to the Sunshine Coast and the funding will deliver economic and social... ... (13-Dec)

Sunshine Motorway safety improvements works brought forward

I'm pleased that Transport Minister Scott Emerson has listened to my request for immediate action on road safety on the Sunshine Motorway between Mooloolaba and Peregian by fast-tracking upgrades to enable work to be completed this year. Minister Scott Emerson allocated new funds of $510,000 for saf... ... (12-Dec)

Have your say on bus network review

The State Government is urging bus users to have their say about proposed changes to some of the Sunshine Coast bus routes and timetables as part of the South East Queensland bus network review Suggested changes can now be viewed on the TransLink website (www.translink.com.au). Bus users are able to... ... (12-Dec)

Simpson supports sustainable development

The Sunshine Coast needs jobs and I am keen to see investment in tourism which enhances our environment which is our strategic advantage. I believe it is possible to have environmentally sustainable development which grows the economy and looks after the Sunshine Coast’s natural beauty. Thus I have ... ... (09-Aug)

No change to Home Assist Secure program

Minister for Housing and Public Works Dr Bruce Flegg has reassured elderly Queenslanders that there are no plans to scrap the popular Home Assist Secure service. This is a vital service and it will continue to be fully funded. Like all government programs, we want to ensure that they are operating a... ... (09-Aug)

BreastScreen services safe

Recent claims of a cut to free mammograms, currently provided by BreastScreen Queensland, were false. In fact, under the LNP Government, Queensland Health is currently upgrading seventeen existing mammography units, as well as expanding upon existing services by providing an additional three new uni... ... (09-Aug)

Motorcycle licensing under review

Motorbike riders on the Sunshine Coast are encouraged to have their say on possible changes to the licensing process. Sunshine Coast mums Donna Ferguson and Lorraine Connolly have fought for changes to the laws after losing their sons in tragic motorbike accidents. They believe young and inexperienc... ... (28-Jun)

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