Showing posts from June, 2017

Government has announced $12.4 million for 600 community groups – including $1.13 million for Gold Coast groups


Thousands of competitors to fly in for Gold Coast Airport Marathon


15,000 volunteers to join the Commonwealth Games

A teacher, volunteers from Schoolies and Surf Life Saving events and a high school student are among the first to be inducted into the 15,000-strong volunteer team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones today welcomed the Games’ newest recruits at the Volunteer Selection Centre on the Gold Coast where, over the coming months, thousands of offers will be made to people keen to sign up as a Games volunteer. “Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the community and their contribution to the Games is another important legacy for the Gold Coast and Queensland," Ms Jones said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it’s great to see so many people offering to be part of the Games.     “The success of most major events around the world is due in no small part to the tireless efforts of volunteers working behind the scenes. “Our volunteers will be able to look back on the Games and know that their hard work helped achieve one of Queensland’s g…

Domestic and Family Violence shelters to save lives across the Gold Coast

One of two new Domestic and Family Violence shelters funded in the State Budget will be located on the Gold Coast. The Palaszczuk Government has committed $6.8 million in new funding in this year's Budget to establish and run two new specialist domestic violence shelters across south-east Queensland. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said the new shelter would make a difference in an area of high demand. “Police statistics tell us that across the Gold Coast in the last 12 months there has been an increase in assaults of 27 per cent and an increase in breaches of DV Orders of 36 per cent,” Ms Fentiman said.  “It is a brave decision women make when they leave a violent relationship and it is vitally important that we have services ready to help them when they do.” “We are seeing the continued demand for safe accommodation and support for women and children at serious risk of violence, often fuelled by the use of ice.” “The new shelter in this reg…

$1.8 billion Queensland Housing Strategy delivers for the Gold Coast

The Palaszczuk Government’s $1.8 billion Queensland Housing Strategy is set to deliver comprehensive support for Gold Coast locals, from homelessness to homeownership.  $110 million for new homes on the Gold Coast Visiting the Gold Coast today Minister for Communities Shannon Fentiman said the ten year Queensland Housing Strategy was spearheaded by a construction jobs program that would revitalise housing across the city.  “Through the Queensland Housing Strategy the Palaszczuk Government is investing $110 million to build 392 new homes in the Gold Coast over the next five years,” Ms Fentiman said.  “The Gold Coast has had a significant pipeline of construction work through the Commonwealth Games.  “This $110 million investment will see that pipeline continue for small, medium and large construction businesses, supporting 63 full time construction jobs each year over the five years.  “The Gold Coast is a growing city and this significant investment will help support vulnerable Queenslanders…

Australian tourists spending more than ever before in Queensland

Australian domestic overnight travellers are spending more than ever before in Queensland pumping $15.3 billion into the state economy. Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said the latest Tourism Research Australia data released today showed continuing strong growth in visitor numbers and expenditure. “The growth we have seen in expenditure of 5.8 per cent is nearly double the growth rate of New South Wales,” Ms Jones said. “More Australians are choosing to holiday in Queensland with close to half of our domestic market expenditure – $7 billion – coming from people holidaying in the state. “Australians know just the place to holiday – here in Queensland with our unique experiences, natural wonders, world-class events and unbeatable hospitality. “In the year to March we saw Australians take more than 21 million trips to Queensland over the past year, a growth of 4.3 per cent, exceeding the national average of 3.1 per cent. “Those visitors stayed a total of 83 million nights, up 5 pe…

CCTV footage: Break and enter, Logan area

Police investigating four linked break and enter offences at hardware stores in the Logan area, have released images of a man who may have be able to assist them with their investigations. Around 2am on June 5, a man broke into a hardware store on Glasson Drive, Bethania and stole shop fittings. On June 13 at around 11pm, a man broke into a hardware store on Commerce Drive, Browns Plains and stole a large quantity of solar pond pumps, lighting and other hydroponic accessories. A Compton Road, Underwood hardware store was broken into around 1.40am on June 16 with a large number of power tools stolen. Earlier that morning the man broke into another hardware store in Springfield, but fled empty handed. The man is described as Caucasian, aged in his 20s, approximately 180cms tall with a proportionate build. He was wearing a dark grey hooded jacket with a grey t-shirt underneath, black Nike track pants with a white motif on his right calve, white sports shoes with shocks at the back. The man was…

John Muntz Causeway Causeway set to reopen soon despite Debbie’s best efforts

Repairs to the John Muntz Causeway on the Gold Coast, severely damaged by ex-TC Debbie are on track, with one lane to reopen before the end of July. Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey praised workers today as he inspected progress of works to reconnect Tamborine-Oxenford Road, and says reopening the causeway has been a priority since it washed away during flooding rain in April. “This has been a massive job. So far, crews working around the clock have removed more than 500 tonnes of concrete and 13,000 tonnes of debris from the Coomera River – equivalent to about 1000 truckloads,” he said. “Unless we get another extreme weather event, final repairs are expected to be complete before the end of August.” Mr Bailey said he was committed to major roads upgrades and improvements on the South Coast confirming the Palaszczuk Government had allocated $518.3 million in last week’s 2017-18 Budget.  “The Palaszczuk Government is delivering a record $21 billion investment over the nex…

Gold Coast companies called to tender for social housing construction project

The Palaszczuk Government has called on Gold Coast companies to tender for the construction of a two-storey social housing apartment complex at Labrador. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that the Government was determined to make sure locals were involved in the work. “We’ll be encouraging local contractors to get involved with the project, which will include building four two-bedroom apartments over two stories, in addition to a four-bay carpark with two disabled parking spaces,” Mr de Brenni said. “One of the apartments will be built to the Platinum Level of Livable Housing Design Guidelines to accommodate residents with mobility impairment. “This construction project will increase social housing availability in the area and provide jobs and income for local tradies, such as carpenters, electricians, plumbers, concreters, glaziers, and cabinet makers.”

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Queensland Government Accelerate grants speed up small business success

The Palaszczuk Government today (Thursday) announced the latest round of funding under its $3 million Accelerate Small Business Grants Program. Small Business Minister Leeanne Enoch said eight small businesses will share in funding totalling $63,582 to engage business mentors, coaches or an advisory board to work closely with the business for six to 12 months. Recipients are: Kilfoy Cabinets (Cairns); Jade Cosmetic Clinic (Cairns); Capricorn Caves (Rockhampton); Whoosh Air (Bundaberg); Baywood (Maryborough); Amber Leaf Landscaping (Sunshine Coast); Surety IT (Brisbane); and TPS Health (Brisbane). Ms Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government is committed to providing small business owners and operators with the support they need to succeed. "Business confidence in our state is the highest it’s been since 2014,” Ms Enoch said. “The latest ABS economic growth figures for the March quarter show Queensland’s domestic economy grew for the fifth straight quarter – further evidence of the upswing …