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“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)

State Funding Wins for Coolum Clubs

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today congratulated the Coolum and District Netball Association and the Coolum Croquet Club on gaining funding through the first round of the Get Playing funding. Ms Simpson said that the Coolum and District Netball Association will receive $26,000 to install sh... ... (14-Mar)

11 New Police on the Beat for the Sunshine Coast

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson welcomed news that 11 new first year police constables have been added to the Sunshine Coast Police force.   In a ceremony today Minister Dempsey congratulated and welcomed the induction of 128 new First Year Constables (FYC) from the Oxley Queensland Pol... ... (07-Mar)

Queensland Inspirational Women’s Award Nominee

Speaker of the Queensland Parliament and Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today congratulated Maroochydore resident Linley Erskine on being nominated for the Speaker’s inaugural Inspirational Women’s Awards for her work in pioneering a disability support agency “A Key for Me”.   Linley E... ... (07-Mar)

Queensland Inspirational Women’s Award Nominee

Calling Maroochy residents to help clean up the environment

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson is calling on Sunshine Coast residents to take part in Clean Up Australia Day events planned for this weekend. Volunteers across Queensland will be converging on parks, waterways, streets and other public areas on Sunday March 3 to lend a hand in the natio... ... (27-Feb)

Funding to focus on domestic and family violence prevention

Sunshine Coast students have an opportunity to develop a smart phone application to raise awareness and take a stand against domestic violence during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the initiative would be funded by $3000 from the Quee... ... (22-Feb)

Throw the book at Coast drunk and drugged drivers, MP urges

    Concerns about high drink driving rates on the Sunshine Coast have sparked calls for a tougher approach.   State MP Fiona Simpson said she was lobbying the Attorney General to review the laws as she understood a very high number of road fatalities were linked to drunk or drugg... ... (20-Feb)

Dredging pipeline to improve safety

Boaties will be the winners with a new $750,000 permanent dredging pipeline to be installed at the entrance channel to Mooloolaba Harbour. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the pipeline, which would be submerged under the river, meant dredging will now have little impact on vessel traffic i... ... (12-Feb)

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