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MP launches CORE training program to help get young people work-ready

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson was delighted to officiate at the opening of a new program in Coolum to train young people in hospitality and retail to help get them into work. Integrated Family and Youth Services (IFYS) was successful in securing $270,000 of funding for Community Learning in... ... (30-Apr)

MP launches CORE training program to help get young people work-ready

Maroochydore bus station taxi trial

The Newman Government will implement a new late-night taxi pick-up zone providing a safer place to wait for a cab on the Sunshine Coast. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson and Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the new taxi zone will be trialled for 12 months at the new Maroochy... ... (23-Apr)

New pedestrian refuge at Yaroomba

Pedestrians will find it easier to cross David Low Way at Yaroomba with plans for a new pedestrian refuge. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the new refuge would improve safety and convenience for pedestrians crossing David Low Way. “There is still some final consultation to be finished... ... (17-Apr)

State funding boost for local community groups

News of just over $70,000 in grants to five local community groups under the latest State Government funding rounds has been welcomed by Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson. Funding from the latest  round of grants from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and the Jupiters Casino Community Be... ... (17-Apr)

No time for speeding on Sunshine Coast roads

 Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson is reminding all Sunshine Coast motorists to slow down and don't get distracted over the Easter holiday season. Ms Simpson said that the State Government was launching a series of new road safety television advertisements across Queensland. “Speed and in... ... (11-Apr)

No time for speeding on Sunshine Coast roads

Sunshine Coast leads the way in Queensland’s jobs creation

The Sunshine Coast is out in front and Queensland as a State is leading national economic growth, according to ABS labour force figures. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said that Sunshine Coast businesses have created more jobs than any other region in the latest ABS data which shows there a... ... (11-Apr)

Affordable housing scheme delivers on the Coast

Low income families on the Sunshine Coast continue to benefit from the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) with 485 affordable dwellings provided under the scheme so far. Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said that the scheme was delivering on the Government’s election promise... ... (03-Apr)

2 years of local achievements

A TURN around in Sunshine Coast job creation figures as a well as a 40 % cut to the public housing waiting list in the Maroochydore Electorate  were two of the most satisfying stories for the Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson on the second anniversary of the State Government coming to power... ... (27-Mar)

2 years of local achievements

Maroochydore Road set for smoother drive

Maroochydore Road will receive a $2.4 million boost to improve the quality of the road surface making it a smoother, safer ride for motorists. Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson and Member for Buderim Steve Dickson today announced that works along another two sections of Maroochydore Road would ... ... (27-Mar)

Safer Streets Strategy released

Safer streets project aims to stop the violence    Drunk or drug affected people in entertainment areas on the Sunshine Coast who start fights or break the law will face firmer penalties under the Safe Night Out Strategy released by the State LNP Government today (March 23). At this ... ... (24-Mar)

Employment opportunities booming on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast has become Queensland’s employment powerhouse, with the latest ABS data showing more jobs were created on the Sunshine Coast in the last year than any other region. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said this was a sign of confidence in the local economy. “The employment growth experienced o... ... (21-Mar)

Simpson urges infrastructure guarantee

State MP Fiona Simpson has urged an "infrastructure guarantee" for the Sunshine Coast as part of the deal if assets are sold off to pay down Queensland's crippling debt levels. Ms Simpson said debt deniers couldn't wish away the impact of the unprecedented debt levels which led to the stripping of t... ... (14-Mar)

Sunshine Coast to host DestinationQ Forum

The Sunshine Coast will take centre stage when Queensland’s tourism industry comes together for the third annual DestinationQ Forum on 16-17 September. The two day event will be held jointly at the Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa and the Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort and Spa, and delivers on... ... (12-Mar)

On your bike Sunshine Coast!

Sunshine Coast National Parks will be better protected under a plan to end illegal motorbike riding and create a new facility for recreational riders in Mooloolah Logging Area. Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing Steve Dickson said the need for a facility in the region was iden... ... (10-Mar)

The largest area of Queensland ever drought declared

Emergency aid and funding will be made available to another 15 shires after 79 per cent of Queensland was declared in drought, the largest area ever recorded. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh added the southern Queensland Shires of Banana, Bundaberg, Cherbourg, Fraser C... ... (07-Mar)

Queensland Inspiring Women honoured by Speaker Fiona Simpson MP

Speaker Fiona Simpson presented the Queensland Inspiring Women awards at Queensland Parliament House this morning, Friday 7 March 2014, during a sold out breakfast event being held in recognition of International Women’s Day. The awards were initiated to honour women who strengthened individuals o... ... (07-Mar)

Queensland Inspiring Women honoured by Speaker Fiona Simpson MP

Simpson urges stand against binge drinking & disrespect

State MP Fiona Simpson has taken to the floor of Parliament to support a community call to action over alcohol-fuelled violence. Ms Simpson said: “It’s time to challenge the culture that tolerates binge drinking and losing control and to take a stand against behaviour that disrespects others and th... ... (06-Mar)

Work to begin on Maroochydore Road Work $2.4m rehabilitation project

Further rehabilitation works on the Maroochydore Road are due to start next month, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson announced today. Ms Simpson said that work is due to commence early April 2014 and is expected to take five weeks to complete, weather permitting.  This $2.4 million projec... ... (06-Mar)

MP launches on-line public forum to help “Stop the Violence”

Sunday 2 March 2014, 4pm - 7pm   Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson MP has called for young people to have their say about what they believe the solutions are to the rising tide of violent assaults.   She is promoting their feedback live on line this Sunday afternoon between 4pm a... ... (26-Feb)

MP launches on-line public forum to help “Stop the Violence”

Zero tolerance for violence

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson has expressed anger and sorrow over the latest tragic death on the Sunshine Coast, amidst recent public concerns about alcohol fuelled violence.   "As a community, we are appalled by this tragedy and as a society we must do all that we can to stop it happ... ... (24-Feb)

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