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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)

Good news at Harbour Entrance

AFTER extreme rough weather over the last few weeks which belted the Sunshine Coast shoreline, there is some good news at Mooloolaba Harbour entrance. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said local company Hall’s Contracting had successfully cut through the sand shoal which came around Point Cart... ... (08-Feb)

$5 million funding for Maroochydore Rd rehabilitation works

Further rehabilitation works on Maroochydore Road are to continue thanks to an additional $5 million in funding from the Queensland Government, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson announced today. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson has campaigned for these much-needed repairs to be extended to... ... (07-Feb)

Mooloolaba Harbour Update

  The Mooloolaba Harbour is open for business, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said today.   A shoal has built up at the mouth of the Mooloolah River after more than a week of extreme weather conditions but the channel is still clear to 1.8m at the lowest tide.   However, ... ... (05-Feb)

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 International W... ... (31-Jan)

Hardship Grants available for flood affected residents

Sunshine Coast residents suffering hardship from flood damage are now eligible for financial help under an emergency declaration,  Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said today. Ms Simpson said the Minister for Police and Community Safety has recently approved the amended activation of... ... (29-Jan)

Grants help keep Maroochy River waterways clean and protected

The health of Maroochy River waterways will be given a major boost thanks to the Newman Government’s Everyone’s Environment grants. Environment and Heritage Protection Minister Andrew Powell said Maroochy Waterwatch would receive $100,000 to support its work to keep the Maroochy River catchment and... ... (23-Jan)

Funding boost for local boaties

Sunshine Coast boaties and anglers will soon have better access to popular coastal spots with the Newman Government announcing two new floating walkways for Mooloolaba. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the projects would be delivered as part of the $120 million Marine Infrastructure ... ... (17-Dec)

Australian holidaymakers bolster Sunshine Coast’s tourism industry

The number of Aussies holidaying on the Sunshine Coast increased 18 per cent to 1.8 million in the year to September 2012 according to new figures released today. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the latest National Visitor Survey from Tourism Research Australia revealed a continuing sur... ... (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, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said today. Suggested changes can now be viewed on the TransLink w... ... (04-Dec)

On-road bike lanes make David Low Way cycling safer

On-road cycle lanes will be installed on the southern side of David Low Way at Bli Bli to create a safer route for cyclists.  Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the $600,000 project would improve safety and encourage bike users to use the route. “This is a great low-cost initiative ... ... (04-Dec)

Tenders called for Maroochydore bus station

  Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson has welcomed the calling of tenders on the long awaited Maroochydore bus station.   Ms Simpson said preparation work on the site had been finalised, following the clearing of the former Dick Smith and Maroochy House sites.    "While ... ... (21-Nov)

Work now started on Sunshine Motorway safety improvements

Funds for road safety improvements for the Sunshine Motorway between Mooloolaba and Peregian allocated in the State Government budget have now been brought forward so that work can get underway urgently, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said today. Transport Minister Scott Emerson allocated ne... ... (20-Nov)

Event funding boost for Maroochydore

Maroochydore has received a $15,000 funding boost from the Newman Government to support local events under the latest round of the Events Queensland Regional Development Program (EQRDP). Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey, said the Newman Gov... ... (19-Nov)

Sunshine Motorway work to start

  The Queensland Government is investing almost $1 million to repair the pavement on the Sunshine Motorway at Coolum Beach.   Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the upgrade would provide a smoother and safer road for motorists.   “The department received a lot of feedbac... ... (29-Oct)

Funding wins for local primary schools

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson welcomed news that local primary schools in her electorate would benefit from new funding to support literacy and numeracy programs over the next four years. Ms Simpson said the Getting the Basics Right – Literacy and Numeracy grants are a welcome funding boo... ... (25-Oct)

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