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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 ( 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)

Asbestos delays Bus Station

Asbestos has been found by workers further delaying demolitions works on Maroochy House as part of works for the new Maroochydore bus station. The latest delay is disappointing and I am lobbying for the works to proceed as soon as possible. I am now advised by the Transport Minister's office that th... ... (27-Jun)

Yandina-Coolum Road faces safety review

I welcome news that Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson has agreed to undertake a safety review of a dangerous section of Yandina-Coolum Road in response to concerns I've raised on behalf of Coolum residents. A review o the 100km/hr speed limit is now underway on the section between Tool... ... (27-Jun)

Harbour Entrance Fix Underway

I'm pleased to report that work is now underway on finding better longer term solutions to the shoaling problems at the Mooloolah River Mouth. The Saibai dredge and the larger Port Frederick have worked hard to maintain a safe navigational channel for our recreational and commercial boaties. But as ... ... (27-Jun)

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