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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)

Boost for flood defences on the Sunshine Coast

Stormwater and drainage networks in three flood-prone areas of the Sunshine Coast will be bolstered through the Newman and Abbot Governments’ Natural Disaster Resilience Program to protect Queensland communities. Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said the works in Alexandra... ... (23-Jun)

Strong reforms ensure a Safe Night Out on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast families will be able to enjoy a safe night out following the Government’s introduction of a comprehensive package of reforms designed to end alcohol and drug-related violence. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the Government was delivering on its strong plan to end senseles... ... (06-Jun)

Strong Plan delivers brighter future for Sunshine Coast region

The 2014-15 State Budget continues to deliver a strong plan for a brighter future for all of Queensland, including the Sunshine Coast region. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the budget outlined the Government’s plan to secure Queensland’s finances by making the strongest and smartest choice to reduce de... ... (04-Jun)

Bruce Highway budget funding win for the Sunshine Coast

I am pleased to see further funding announced for the Bruce Highway upgrades between Caboolture and the Sunshine Motorway interchange. This will include ‘six laning’ works and two new interchanges from Caloundra Road to the Sunshine Motorway and interchange upgrades between Caboolture and Caloundr... ... (03-Jun)

Bruce Highway budget funding win for the Sunshine Coast

$2.2million budget win for new Coolum Police Station

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson was delighted with today’s budget announcement of funding to relocate Coolum Police Station to South Coolum Road adjacent to the Queensland Ambulance Service. Ms Simpson has campaigned for a permanent home for Coolum’s Police Station to replace the temporary si... ... (03-Jun)

Good news for Mooloolaba boaties

Mooloolaba boaties are now benefiting better access to the harbour thanks to the nearly $1 million worth of works to upgrade the two public boat ramps. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the upgrade was another great example of the Queensland Government delivering on its election commitment ... ... (02-Jun)

Maroochydore bus station taxi trial begins

Helping people get home safely is the aim of a new late-night taxi pick-up zone at the Maroochydore bus station from Friday night. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson, who championed the move, said the 12-month trial was in response to community concerns. “This new taxi zone will ensure ... ... (29-May)

Fiona Simpson congratulates Sunshine Coast Youth Parliament Participants

The Speaker of the Queensland Parliament, Fiona Simpson, officially opened proceedings of the Sunshine Coast Youth Parliament this morning and then chaired its first and closing sessions.   Ms Simpson congratulated all of the schools who participated in the Sunshine Coast Youth Parliament, s... ... (29-May)

State Cabinet to meet on Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast residents will have the opportunity to meet with Queensland Government Ministers when Community Cabinet meets in the region next month. Premier Campbell Newman said it was a great time for locals to raise issues that affect the region. “My Government is committed to governing for al... ... (28-May)

New facilities a boost for Mooloolaba Outrigger Canoe Club

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson and Recreation and Sport Minister Steve Dickson opened a new shade structure and storage shed on Saturday 24th May at the Mooloolaba Outrigger Canoe Club, coinciding with the national outrigger marathon titles being hosted by the club. Ms Simpson said the Que... ... (26-May)

Funding wins for local community legal services

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today welcomed news of a three year funding commitment from the Queensland Government for the delivery of free or low-cost legal services to vulnerable and disadvantaged Queenslanders.   Fiona Simpson MP has announced that two local service providers wil... ... (23-May)

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