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New era in access to local health data welcome

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson welcomed news that from today Coast residents will be able to judge improvements in the performance of their local hospital on key data such as waiting times and emergency department access. Full details of local hospital performance and comparison data stretchi... ... (04-Oct)

Labor’s road figures wrong

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today said Labor’s figures on roads did not add up and needed correcting. Ms Simpson, discussing issues in her electorate, said Labor had been wrongly advised when claiming funding for Maroochydore Road was cut in the State’s budget. Ms Simpson said the opposi... ... (21-Sep)

Funding announced for Sunshine Motorway safety measures in Coolum

Funds for road safety improvements for the Sunshine Motorway between Mooloolaba and Peregian have been allocated in the State Government budget, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said today. The Transport Minister has allocated funds in this year's budget to commence planning for this $510,000 ... ... (17-Sep)

Free sports coaching workshops for local communities

Member for Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson has invited community sporting groups to build their credentials with free coaching workshops to be held on the Sunshine Coast this month. The strength and conditioning workshop on 18 September will cover the use of a strength and conditioning program as we... ... (11-Sep)

Pacific Paradise pedestrian, cycle path complete

  The long-awaited cycle and pedestrian path between the Maroochy River Bridge and Ocean Drive, Pacific Paradise, is set to open to the community today.   Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the 2.3km path was a vital connection between existing cycling and pedestrian facilities.... ... (10-Sep)

Pacific Paradise pedestrian, cycle path complete

Celebrating Seniors Week at Allora Gardens with a song

Seniors week was celebrated with a song at Allora Gardens today with Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson joining in.  Ms Simpson, who hosted the event, said she believed Seniors Week (18 to 26 August) was an important opportunity to celebrate the valuable contributions that seniors made to o... ... (17-Aug)

Natural beauty Coast’s strategic asset: Simpson says dunes “no go” area

  The Sunshine Coast needs jobs but not at any cost, State MP Fiona Simpson has stated.   Ms Simpson, in responding to concept plans launched by Palmer Resort owner Clive Palmer, said she was keen to see investment in tourism but touching the dunal system and its vegetation was a “no go... ... (06-Aug)

Maroochydore Road set for $3.2 million makeover

The Newman Government is delivering a smoother, safer driving surface for Maroochydore Road, thanks to a million-dollar makeover. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson announced works on the project would start this month with $3.2 million being invested in the first stage between the Main Road/Gr... ... (06-Aug)

Sand shifter trial under way at Mooloolah River

  Sand shifting will soon begin at Mooloolaba Harbour, making it easier for boats to navigate.   Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the $350,000 bypass system would prevent sand entering the navigation channel.   “Sand will be removed before it crosses the entrance to Moo... ... (27-Jul)

Land secured for permanent site for Coolum Police Station

  Planning for the future location of Coolum's new police station is now progressing with land being secured at South Coolum Road, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson announced today. The Minister for Police and Community Safety, Jack Dempsey has advised that a 6,000m2 parcel of land loca... ... (06-Jul)

Longer-term solutions for fixing Mooloolaba Beach and Harbour Entrance

Work is underway on better long-term fix to the shoaling problems at the Mooloolaba Harbour entrance, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson announced today. Ms Simpson said that both boaties and beach lovers will be pleased to hear that new contracts have been awarded for additional work to make th... ... (02-Jul)

Longer-term solutions for fixing Mooloolaba Beach and Harbour Entrance

Asbestos delays demolition works for Maroochydore Bus Station

Timeframes for demolishing Maroochy House to make way for the new Maroochydore bus station have been extended due to workers finding Asbestos materials in the building.  Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson, who has lobbied hard for the bus station, said the latest setback was disappointing althou... ... (26-Jun)

Funds boost flood recovery for local sporting clubs

The Queensland Government has approved funding of $28,542 for two sports club in Coolum and Mudjimba after flooding and storm damage earlier in the year. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the clubs would receive the funding under the Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program.  "A nu... ... (26-Jun)

Sunshine Coast garages are crazy about Kevin

A young Sunshine Coast man enrolled in a State Government funded automotive industry employment course has faced the pleasant dilemma of having to choose between two employers offering him an apprenticeship on the same day. Eighteen-year-old Kevin West of Nambour chose to accept a position at Gavan... ... (19-Jun)

Yandina-Coolum Road faces safety review

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson has welcomed news that a dangerous section of Yandina-Coolum Road faces a safety review. Ms Simpson said Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson had responded to concerns raised by her on behalf of Coolum residents for a review of the speed limit on a d... ... (19-Jun)

Sunshine Coast jobseekers find work after jobs projects

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today congratulated thirteen Sunshine Coast jobseekers on their graduation from short-term government-funded work placement projects that have already paid off for five of them. Seven of the jobseekers have completed 16 weeks of full-time paid work coordinated ... ... (30-May)

Mooloolaba Harbour open for business

The entrance to the Mooloolaba Harbour is back in business again after the successfully dredging of the channel, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said. Ms Simpson said boaties would be pleased to know the problem entrance to the Mooloolah River, which had caused recreational and commercial boa... ... (28-May)

Maroochydore Bus Station rescheduled

  Demolition works in preparation for the Maroochydore Bus Station have re-commenced but the completion date for this project has now pushed out to 2013, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said today.   Member for Maroochydore criticised the previous State Government who previously a... ... (21-May)

Big Fred back to clear sand bar

Mooloolaba boaties welcomed news of the dredge Port Frederick's return this weekend, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said today. Maritime Safety Queensland has contracted the Port Frederick at a cost of $400,000 to clear the dangerous sand shoal which has caused problems for commercial and re... ... (21-May)

Fiona Simpson is Principal for a Day in Maroochydore

Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson went back to school today to play the role of Principal for a Day at Maroochydore State Primary School in celebration of State Education Week. State Education Week is an annual series of events and programs celebrating state school education across Queensland. This yea... ... (21-May)

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