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Cathy Freeman joins the GC2018 Ambassador family

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Legendary Australian sprinter Cathy Freeman OAM became the sixth official Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Ambassador today. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones welcomed Ms Freeman to the GC2018 family at an event in Brisbane’s CBD. Ms Palasczuk said Ms Freeman was an Australian icon and an ideal ambassador for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. “Born and raised in Queensland, Cathy has a strong connection with our state and the Commonwealth Games,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “We are absolutely thrilled Cathy has joined us on the GC2018 journey as an official ambassador to promote the Games to the world. “Cathy became a household name around the world after her historic 400m gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. “Seventeen years later, it’s still regarded as one of Australia’s most significant sporting achievements. “Like all Australians, I truly admired watching Cathy as an athlete and I also admire the work and achievements of her founda…

Road safety research into driving habits of Qld’s international visitors

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International visitors travelling on Queensland roads will soon enjoy safer opportunities to explore the state thanks to new research being undertaken into driver behaviour. Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said invitations were being called to develop and trial new road safety measures for international visitors.  “We want to ensure that all visitors including our international visitors remain safe on our roads,” Mr Bailey said. “This is a timely measure with Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week and United National Global Road Safety Week being highlighted until 14 May. “Tourists often make the most of our great state by taking self-drive holidays but we need to know we’re doing all we can to help keep them safe. “While there have been very few fatal crashes involving international drivers over the last five years, any fatality on our roads is a serious concern. “The safety of tourists and others sharing our roads continues to be a high priority especially because tourism…

$1.67 million in the latest round of funding.for not-for-profit groups “On the Gold Coast

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The Palaszczuk Government has announced $14 million of funding for almost 700 community organisations across Queensland, including about 80 Gold Coast groups, in the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF). Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the 695 successful applicants in Round 91 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund included schools, sports clubs, community organisations, emergency services organisations and health and support centres. “This funding ensures these vital groups can purchase equipment and complete upgrades so they can continue providing valuable services to their local communities,” Mrs D’Ath said. “On the Gold Coast, not-for-profit groups will share in $1.67 million in the latest round of funding. “Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club will receive $20,000 to construct a storage facility, Southport Bowls Club Inc will receive $27,273 to install lighting on the bowling green, and Gold Coast North Youth Centre Inc will receive $15,9…

Logan seniors living in public housing can look forward to even better housing support

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Logan seniors living in public housing can look forward to even better housing support thanks to a groundbreaking research project, the results of which were released today. The Logan Research Project was undertaken by Brisbane Housing Company (BHC), in partnership with the Churches of Christ in Queensland (CofCQ) and working with University of Queensland researchers. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said more than 150 Logan seniors aged 55 and over who live in government housing were surveyed. “It’s important my department have insight into what seniors in public housing need, and how we can better meet those needs,” Mr de Brenni said. “For example, we learned that while most tenants were satisfied with their home, some had concerns about whether their homes would be still be suitable for their needs five years from now. Mr de Brenni said that the report reflected the Palaszczuk Government’s approach to engaging with seniors in public housing which sits in stark contra…

Law changes give greater flexibility for SPER to recoup debts

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The Queensland Parliament has passed new legislation to change the way the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) operates – making it easier to recover debts and easier for people to pay. Treasurer Curtis Pitt said changes under the State Penalties Enforcement Amendment Bill 2017 would enable targeted ‘case management’ and legislative changes to the State Penalties Enforcement Act 1999 would make substantial improvements to SPER’s fee structure. “By simplifying fees, we’re going to make it easier for people to understand what they need to pay and what the financial consequences are if SPER is required to take enforcement action against them,” Mr Pitt said. “Five years ago SPER handled around 760,000 new unpaid fines and penalties a year but that number has doubled to more than 1.5 million new unpaid fines and penalties in the last financial year. “That’s stretched SPER’s resources and ageing IT system to their limits, so it’s critical that we modernise our approach to debt managemen…

Extra $220M package to assist Queenslanders bounce back from TC Debbie

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The Palaszczuk Government has proposed it and the Turnbull Government jointly fund a $220 million package to provide additional assistance for communities, businesses, industries and the environment following the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Debbie and severe flooding. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the proposed package, to be under a Commonwealth and State-funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) Category D declaration, would include key local government infrastructure projects, including the South Rockhampton Flood Levee. “The Flood Levee will require the support and funding of all three levels of government. I know the Rockhampton Regional Council is behind the levee and I am proposing the State and Federal Government support it through this Category D package,” the Premier said. “Other projects to be funded through a $135 million local council infrastructure fund includes the Airlie Beach Foreshore and the Shute Harbour Marina revitalisation projects wi…

NRMA Insurance and SES extend partnership to support Queenslanders

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State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers around Queensland will be better-equipped to help the community prepare for and respond to emergency events with NRMA Insurance today announcing it will extend its partnership with the Queensland SES for two more years. Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan made the announcement during the Wear Orange Wednesday celebrations in Brisbane’s CBD, and said the principal partnership would reap significant benefits for Queenslanders. “We have been working closely with NRMA Insurance in the Queensland community for 10 years, and with their continued support we will be able to help even more residents through our storm preparedness education campaigns, and by providing vital equipment for our volunteers,” Minister Ryan said. “I am pleased to announce this new partnership on Wear Orange Wednesday, a day when Australians bring out their brightest orange clothes and accessories to recognise and thank SES volunteers for the huge contribution they …