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Local education leaders meet with Minister

Empowering local school communities and getting better outcomes for students is a key focus of the Education Minister's roundtable with local principals hosted by Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson. Ms Simpson organised the forum, to give local education leaders in her electorate a direct input i... ... (24-Oct)

Local education leaders meet with Minister

State Government boost for Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today welcomed news of the State Government’s commitment to the Sunshine Coast Airport project with the gifting of land to Council at no cost. Ms Simpson thanked the Premier and Deputy Premier for the State Government’s support in making a significant contributi... ... (16-Oct)

State Government boost for Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion

Lifeguard tower restored to Mooloolaba beach

Lifeguards at Mooloolaba have a birds-eye view again to keep watch over swimmers and surfers thanks to natural disaster funding assistance from the State and Federal Government.Sunshine Coast Council has now completed restoration works to resurrect the lifeguards observation tower, which was removed... ... (11-Oct)

Lifeguard tower restored to Mooloolaba beach

Simpson welcomes multi-million dollar boost to Coast jobs

News of a Japanese company’s plans to build a new high-end resort south of Coolum was a billion dollar shot in the arm for the local economy, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said today. Ms Simpson welcomed news that Sekisui, one of Japan’s largest housing development companies, was set to deve... ... (03-Oct)

Disadvantaged Sunshine Coast learners to gain new work skills

 Sunshine Coast learners with diverse needs now have new ways to boost their career and earning prospects. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson MP today congratulated Queensland Churches of Christ on their $387,400 grant for Learn to Earn Training Program to be delivered by Solutions for Learn... ... (02-Oct)

More State funding wins for local community groups

News of just over $140,000 in grants to seven local community groups under the latest State Government funding rounds has been welcomed by Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson. Ms Simpson said organisations within the Maroochydore electorate to receive funding through the Gambling Community Benefit... ... (01-Oct)

New Ambos for the Sunshine Coast

News that extra paramedics will join the Sunshine Coast ranks was welcomed by Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson who also rebuked false claims of staffing cutbacks. “Our area is growing and there has been no cutbacks in ambulance officer numbers. A media story that university students had been us... ... (30-Sep)

Ease the squeeze for Sunshine Coast commuters

Sunshine Coast commuters will benefit from double the capacity on a popular afternoon Nambour service from this week. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the 3.30pm Central to Nambour service would be boosted from a three carriage to a six carriage train. “Earlier this year, I asked Queenslan... ... (11-Sep)

Queensland Plan public forum

Local residents are invited to come along to my Queensland Plan forum to share their ideas on shaping the long-term future of our great State. When:              Friday 9th August Time:         ... ... (29-Jul)

$49,500 boost for local cycling infrastructure

Sunshine Coast cyclists will soon benefit from $49,500 in state government grant funding towards cycling infrastructure. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said funding has been awarded to Sunshine Coast Regional Council through the 2013-14 Cycle Network Local Government Grants program for the de... ... (26-Jul)

More women able to access BreastScreen Queensland

More women than ever before soon will have the opportunity to access breast screening through BreastScreen Queensland. Women aged between 50 and 74 will be able to have their screening performed by BreastScreen Queensland every two years.  Previously only women aged between 50 and 69 were eligi... ... (08-Jul)

Coast residents to keep scoring with Get in the Game

Families and sports clubs across the Maroochydore electorate 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.Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said local families and clubs could apply for Get Star... ... (05-Jul)

Maroochydore Road receives $1million boost

  The State Government has committed an additional $1 million works on Maroochydore Road from the Sunshine Motorway east to Main Road. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said work on the 500m stretch would start in the forthcoming financial year. “This section was identified as a high priori... ... (01-Jul)

State funding boost for local community groups

Nearly a quarter of a million dollars in grants to local community groups has been welcomed by Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson. Ms Simpson said the allocation of $228,351 for 11 local community groups under the latest State Government funding rounds would strengthen the volunteer work. Million... ... (27-Jun)

Sunshine Coast receives 19 additional police officers

The Newman Government is delivering more police on the Sunshine Coast with 19 additional officers starting in the Sunshine Coast Police District since April 2012.Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the results of the Queensland Police Service’s (QPS) massive recruitment drive had been seen across the ... ... (27-Jun)

Access changes at Sunseeker Parade near Sunshine Plaza

As work on the Maroochydore bus station progresses there will be changes to vehicle access at Sunseeker Parade near Sunshine Plaza. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the changes were needed to allow for the safe operation of buses using the new northbound platform and to ensure pedestrian s... ... (07-Jun)

Maroochydore MP welcomes Budget boosts

A $45 million boost to health funding  to tackle Sunshine Coast waiting lists was welcome news in today’s State Budget, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said today. Ms Simpson said the funding would improve access to general, orthopaedic surgery, medicine, ear, nose and throat and gastroen... ... (04-Jun)

Local disaster affected clubs get funding boost

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson announced today that two flood and storm damaged sporting clubs in the Maroochydore electorate will receive a funding boost thanks to the State Government’s disaster recovery funding boost.Fiona Simpson said that the Maroochydore Beach Bowls Club and the Coolum ... ... (31-May)

$23,592 funding boost for local community groups

Six volunteer and community groups in the Maroochydore electorate will share in $23,592 in funding from the Queensland Government to purchase essential equipment to continue their good work helping others. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said this first round of the $4 million Caring for our ... ... (24-May)

New marine system to keep Maroochy River safe

The Maroochy River is set to receive a new, permanent marine safety system today after public consultation. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said it was important this regularly used river was safe for all users. “The community feels very strongly about this safety of this river. The changes a... ... (20-May)

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