State News

Strong ‘off the plan’ reforms for buyers and builders

Strong ‘off the plan’ reforms for buyers and builders Families buying a new home will be better protected and Queensland’s construction industry will continue to be revitalised under red tape-busting reforms passed in Parliament overnight. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie sai... ... (09-Sep)

One week to decide fares or services

Queenslanders have one week to decide how to spend $30million of carbon tax savings with a choice of increased transport services or reduced fares. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said since the survey was announced last Sunday, more ... ... (08-Sep)

Retail trade shows encouraging growth

There is encouraging growth in Queensland’s retail sector with figures out today showing retail trade up 3.5 per cent seasonally adjusted in the year to July, Treasurer Tim Nicholls said.  Mr Nicholls said the State’s economy is on the cusp of strong growth and the retail sector is an important... ... (05-Sep)

Queensland businesses freed from red tape

Around 7,000 Queensland firms will have more time and money to grow their businesses after the State Government announced another cut to red tape.  Treasurer Tim Nicholls said Queensland businesses with an annual payroll tax liability of less than $20,000 will now only need to lodge payroll tax... ... (05-Sep)

Partnership encourages Queenslanders to ‘Get Ready’

Queenslanders are being told to ‘Get Ready’ for this year’s storm season thanks to a new partnership between RACQ and the State Government. Announcing the move today, Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said the sponsorship deal was worth $1 million over three years and would... ... (02-Sep)

Construction forum to set out future growth

Over 300 members of Queensland’s $60 billion building and construction industry will come together over the next two days to develop a blueprint for the industry’s long-term future. Premier Campbell Newman said ConstructionQ was part of the Queensland Government’s promise to grow the construction in... ... (02-Sep)

New campaign says GP not ED

A new marketing campaign aims to improve Emergency Department wait times by encouraging patients to visit their GP, instead of hospital Emergency Departments. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said Queensland Health had begun planning the campaign to reduce the thousands of unnecessary ED presenta... ... (01-Sep)

Queenslanders have their say on public transport boost

Almost 1,600 Queenslanders have already had their say on how to reinvest carbon tax savings back into public transport after one day of voting. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said this strong level of feedback showed Queenslanders were keen to have their say on either cheaper public... ... (01-Sep)

New teachers set for success in 2015

Queensland children will continue to have the best learning environment at their schools with the state’s newest teachers being given more support to improve their skills in the classroom from 2015. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek today congratulated more than 500... ... (29-Aug)

New Disaster Management training makes communities safer

Queensland communities will be kept safer thanks to new, specialised disaster management training taking place at the Regional College of Disaster Management in Cairns. Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey said the Queensland Government was committed to enhancing the knowled... ... (29-Aug)

Maintenance backlog slashed at schools

Queensland children will have safer schools and cleaner classrooms to learn in with another $100 million announced to clear the massive school maintenance backlog inherited by the State Government. Premier Campbell Newman said it was the next instalment of the $300 million election promise to revita... ... (28-Aug)

Deputy Premier reconfirms commitment to probity

Queensland’s Deputy Premier, Jeff Seeney, today reiterated the LNP Government’s commitment to the probity process surrounding Queensland’s integrated resort development (IRD) process. “The LNP government has given the highest priority to the probity of this process, which is why we have appointed Mr... ... (28-Aug)

The Bruce is being spruced

A new campaign will ask Queensland drivers to show patience as the Queensland Government rolls out a record number of roadworks aimed at making travel safer on the Bruce Highway. Premier Campbell Newman and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson launched the Spruce the Bruce campaign to hi... ... (18-Aug)

Drought declared in south east Queensland

Farmers in Queensland’s south-east corner may qualify for assistance from the Queensland Government after the region was officially drought declared today. The declaration follows a deterioration in rural pastures in the region because of a lack of significant rainfall and will have no impact on dom... ... (14-Aug)

Queensland welcomes endorsement of reef strategy

The Queensland Government has welcomed Commonwealth endorsement of the state’s long-term plan to preserve the Great Barrier Reef. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the Federal Government approval recognises Queensland’s planning and devel... ... (13-Aug)

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