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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)

“Thanks a million” to our Sunshine Coast Volunteers

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson celebrated National Volunteer Week with 260 Sunshine Coast volunteers at a sausage size in Cotton Tree Park. Fiona Simpson and Mayor Mark Jamieson joined with Volunteering Sunshine Coast to honour our volunteers for their important contribution to our local com... ... (18-May)

“Thanks a million” to our Sunshine Coast Volunteers

Simpson welcomes positive step forward in flying fox management

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today welcomed the State Government’s move to give local Councils more authority to manage problem flying fox roosts in urban areas. Ms Simpson said that a more streamlined approvals process would mean that local councils would be given the authority to manage ... ... (02-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. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the ongoing program aimed at installing school flashing lights at split campuses and on mul... ... (24-Apr)

Funding wins for local community groups

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson has welcomed news of State Government funding of a total of $165,233 for eight local community groups in her electorate. In the latest round of funding through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and the Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund money was aw... ... (16-Apr)

Teamwork the focus of new regional team

Today the Sunshine Coast entered a new era with the local State Government MPs and councillors forming a regional partnership to drive the Coast forward. In attendance at the leadership roundtable at Lake Kawana Community Centre were Mayor Mark Jamieson and Sunshine Coast councillors, Speaker Fio... ... (15-Apr)

Teamwork the focus of new regional team

Funding wins for Sunshine Coast community legal centres

Fiona Simpson MP has announced that two local Community Legal Centres (CLCs) will receive grants from the Legal Practitioner Interest on Trust Accounts Fund (LPITAF) for the 2013/14 financial year.   Centacare in Maroochydore will receive $146,910 in funding and Suncoast Community Legal Serv... ... (05-Apr)

Construction next stop for Maroochydore bus station project

Work is set to kick off from next week on the new Maroochydore bus station near Sunshine Plaza. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today turned the first sod to signal the start of works for the new bus station, near the Cornmeal and Sunseeker Parade intersection. “This is a significant invest... ... (05-Apr)

Construction next stop for Maroochydore bus station project

MP urges blood donors to roll up their sleeves

  Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today lead by example and rolled up her sleeves to participate in the Australian Red Cross Easter blood drive.   She urged locals to spare an hour of their time over the Easter break to help save up to three lives.   Fiona Simpson said that... ... (27-Mar)

MP urges blood donors to roll up their sleeves

Have your say on the Queensland Plan - a 30 year vision for Queensland

Recently, Premier Campbell Newman launched a 12 month process to develop a long term vision for the State - The Queensland Plan.  This Plan will be a collaborative process involving community members, business and industry representatives and all levels of government. The Queensland Plan ... ... (26-Mar)

More Funding to ‘Fix Our Schools’

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson has welcomed the Newman Government’s commitment to provide a further $100 million to revitalise Queensland state schools. Ms Simpson said the Fixing Our Schools Fund would target Queensland schools with the biggest maintenance backlogs and was on top of the $20... ... (25-Mar)

Supporting vulnerable Sunshine Coast children

Some of the Sunshine Coast’s most vulnerable children and their carers will benefit from continued support thanks to a renewed funding commitment from the Queensland Government. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the Sunshine Coast Cooloola Sexual Abuse Prevention and Intervention Program... ... (21-Mar)

More Funding Wins for Local Sports Clubs

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today welcomed news of further funding wins for sporting and recreation clubs in the Maroochydore electorate. Ms Simpson said that many clubs in her electorate had been successful in gaining grants of up to $10,000 for equipment and activities to increase memb... ... (20-Mar)

Maroochydore bus station contract awarded

Construction is about to begin on the new Maroochydore bus station with the awarding of a $6.8 million contract today. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the contract had been awarded following a competitive tender process for the delivery of this crucial piece of infrastructure for public t... ... (14-Mar)

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