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Sunshine Coast MPs release roadmap to Coast jobs

State MP Fiona Simpson has welcomed the Premier's announcement of a $440 million congestion-busting road plan to fix the Sunshine Motorway and access to the new hospital.   Ms Simpson said the Sunshine Coast MPs are working together to put forward a plan for the duplication of the Sunshine Mo... ... (19-Aug)

Sunshine Coast MPs release roadmap to Coast jobs

New roads and more jobs for the Sunshine Coast

Plans for a $440 million road project to slash congestion for drivers between Caloundra and Maroochydore and create 2,500 jobs for the Sunshine Coast have been unveiled today. Premier Campbell Newman said the proposed infrastructure project addressed concerns raised by Sunshine Coast members that lo... ... (19-Aug)

Investment in local arts boosts Sunshine Coast economy

Local residents will have more access to arts and cultural events, with a State Government grant helping bolster the sector.   Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the State was granting the Sunshine Coast Regional Council $ 68,480 from the Regional Arts Development Fund as pa... ... (15-Aug)

Maroochydore bus station taxi trial expands

Local residents and visitors to the Maroochydore entertainment precinct will soon benefit from an expansion of the  bus station taxi rank trial. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said feedback from patrons and taxi drivers had led to the move to use the Maroochydore bus interchange as a ta... ... (14-Aug)

Simpson urges Council to "climb every mountain" to realise the dream of an Arts, Convention & Entertainment centre

IT'S time to climb every mountain and turn the dream of a Sunshine Coast Arts, Convention & Entertainment Centre into a reality, Coast MP Fiona Simpson said. Ms Simpson welcomed the Council's identification of the importance of the regional facility in the Maroochydore CBD and the setting aside... ... (06-Aug)

Sunshine Coast enjoys high level of water security

Sunshine Coast families and businesses have a very high level of water security irrespective of the situation in local water storages. Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said the Queensland Government’s strong plan for the water sector - WaterQ - placed a priority on responsible and efficient water ... ... (05-Aug)

Maroochydore High School’s gateway to success

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today congratulated Maroochydore State High School for their success at training students for jobs in the food and wine industry through the Gateway to Industry Schools Program.   Ms Simpson said that the Queensland Government was investing an extra $900... ... (25-Jul)

Parliamentary Inquiry on Crime and Domestic Violence Prevention comes to the Sunshine Coast

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson is inviting local residents to have their say on crime prevention at a parliamentary inquiry hearing to be held on the Sunshine Coast next week.   The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee is conducting an inquiry into crime in Queensland, and will... ... (24-Jul)

State Government Grants available to local community groups

Local community organisations have the opportunity to share in a total of $1.3 million in small grants to help fund essential items and equipment. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the funding was available under the third round of the government’s $4 million Caring for our Community progr... ... (24-Jul)

State land to complete “missing link” for Maroochy River Regional Park

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson has hailed the expansion of a local conservation area as a great win for the environment. Ms Simpson, who has strongly lobbied with the local community for the move, said the Maroochy River Regional Park was expanding by 15 hectares thanks to the Queensland Gov... ... (22-Jul)

State land to complete “missing link” for Maroochy River Regional Park

Kids Get Started again with sport funding

Maroochydore families have been encouraged to Get in the Game and submit their applications for the fourth round of the hugely popular Get Started funding program that opened today. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the initiative was successfully lowering the cost of living for local fami... ... (15-Jul)

Have your say on developing Queensland’s future for Education

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today invited community members to join the conversation in planning Queensland’s first Education Accord. The Education Accord will bring together ideas that will determine priorities for our schools and ensure students are given the best possible education an... ... (15-Jul)

Grants of up to $100,000 available for community-based environmental projects

Queenslanders who are passionate about our beautiful Sunshine Coast environment are being invited to apply for a share of $5 million in funding through the State Government’s Everyone’s Environment grants program. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said that applications are now open for round ... ... (14-Jul)

Sunshine Coast dental wait list blitz

A state-wide blitz on dental waiting lists by the LNP government has cut the number of people on the Sunshine Coast waiting too long for dental treatment to zero. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the number of Queenslanders waiting longer than the current benchmark time for a routine dental... ... (11-Jul)

New substation to power Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Work is underway on a new $23.7 million electricity substation at Birtinya to power the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital and medical precinct. Energy Minister Mark McArdle said the $1.87 billion hospital development would transform the Sunshine Coast region – providing word-class health facili... ... (10-Jul)

State funding boost for not-for-profit groups

Local community organisations in the Maroochydore electorate are about to receive their share of the latest round of State Government Community Grants. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the grants were a significant financial injection to local hardworking not-for-profit groups and allowed ... ... (04-Jul)

Nature Play to get Sunshine Coast kids outdoors

Sunshine Coast children will be on a mission to find the 15,000th Nature Play passport with a ‘golden ticket’ as they switch from screen time to green time through the Queensland Government’s Nature Play initiative.  Minister for Recreation and Sport, Steve Dickson said the Government wanted to... ... (04-Jul)

Sports clubs urged to Get in the Game

Sunshine Coast sport and recreation clubs are urged to apply for funding in the next round of the Queensland Government’s highly successful Get Going and Get Playing funding programs. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said there was more than $24.5 million dollars available for Queensland clubs... ... (02-Jul)

Local funding available for Anzac commemoration projects

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson has encouraged Sunshine Coast organisations to apply for second round funding of the Queensland Government’s Anzac Community Grants program. Ms Simpson said the $13.5 million program provided funding for local communities to commemorate the sacrifice made by co... ... (01-Jul)

Local funding available for Anzac commemoration projects

Improved disability access for Nambour

Passengers with mobility issues will find it easier to access public transport following the Queensland Government’s recent installation of new disabled parking bays at Nambour train station. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said better access for passengers with a disability delivere... ... (24-Jun)

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