Dindemic: Queensland - Australia

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The South East Queensland Regional Plan (also known as ShapingSEQ) released today reflects the values, needs and great ideas of the community.Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Jackie Trad said the plan was prepared through extensive consultation with the region’s 12 councils, industry and the community.“This unprecedented level of consultation over 15 months ensured we have a blueprint for the region – a blueprint for sustainable growth, global competitiveness and high-quality living,” Ms Trad said.“The consultation resulted in a phenomen

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Queensland’s Mines Minister joined the gas industry today in calling out the Prime Minster on his criticism of the state’s $70 billion gas industry.The Prime Minister blamed the state’s LNG export industry for east coast gas shortages and electricity prices – comments refuted by APPEA and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham.“This week in parliament the LNP were yammering on about business confidence, and here’s the Prime Minister trash-talking an industry that employs more than 7000 Queenslanders,” he said.“Mr Turnbull’s attacked investors fro

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today celebrated the 95th birthday of the largest and most widespread women’s organisation in Queensland – the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA).Attending the celebrations at the Royal Queensland Show (EKKA), Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced her Government will provide $1 million over 2 years to restore QCWA’s heritage halls across the state.“For almost a century, the QCWA heritage halls have been the epicentre of community life across Queensland and I believe this funding will be an important part of ensuring these

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Fishery management controls around hammerhead sharks have been strengthened to help prevent them being listed as an endangered species.Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne said the Palaszczuk Government had taken steps to establish a Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) and introduce more stringent reporting requirements to improve monitoring and management of hammerhead sharks.“The hammerhead shark catch in Australia is between one and three per cent of the global harvest of the stock,” Minister Byrne said.“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to doing all it can at a local le

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 $38 million project officially open, improving safety and traffic flow through the areaMinor completion works to continue over coming weeks, with reduced speed limits in placeAn estimated 118 direct jobs supported over the life of the projectThe $38 million Tinana interchange upgrade on the Bruce Highway reached a crucial milestone today with the new interchange opening to traffic.Federal Transport and Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester said the restructured interchange was another step towards delivering a safer, more efficient Bruce Highway for motorists and industry throughou

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Councils across Queensland will be better placed to build or improve vital infrastructure with the release of $60 million in funding through the Palaszczuk Government’s refined Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.Announcing the funding at the Local Government Association of Queensland Bush Councils Convention in Charters Towers today, Local Government Minister Mark Furner said councils would benefit from a new approach to the program.“In previous years, the funding was allocated to councils on a yearly basis to help with building or improving vital infrastructure,”

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A key part of the $386 million Powering North Queensland Plan will commence today with an Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the proposed 2,000MW North Queensland Clean Energy Hub feasibility study. Treasurer and Acting Minister for Energy Curtis Pitt said the Palaszczuk Government had allocated $150 million towards the development of strategic electricity transmission infrastructure as part of the North Queensland Clean Energy Hub, subject to a feasibility study. “This is all part of our plan to unlock a wave of energy projects to power the North Queensland economy and s

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Twenty-nine startups have been invited to relocate to Queensland under the second round of the Palaszczuk Government’s Advance Queensland Hot DesQ initiative, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said today (Friday).Ms Enoch said the entrepreneurial teams were selected from more than 180 interstate and international applications.“The number (of applications) indicates a real appetite for startups wanting to join our innovation ecosystem,” Ms Enoch said.“The independent assessors and judging panel certainly had a hard job - and we made o

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By dindemic // August 10 2017 // 0 comment
Orange Sky is one step closer to launching a mobile laundry and shower van in the Townsville region, thanks to a contribution from the Palaszczuk Government’s Dignity First Fund.Announcing the project at Parliament House today, Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said Orange Sky would receive $115,770 to part fund the construction and first year’s operation of the new service in Townsville.“Orange Sky and their army of volunteers do amazing things around Queensland, as well as interstate, and we are very proud to be helping them expand their work.”Orang

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By dindemic // August 10 2017 // 0 comment
The Palaszczuk Government will increase consumer protections for Queensland seniors in retirement, introducing into Parliament new laws focussing on retirement villages and manufactured homes.Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the proposed changes would make a significant difference to Queensland seniors looking at retirement options.“These news laws will give provide broad ranging, enforceable powers to ensure fairness across the retirement living sectors,” Mr de Brenni said.“For too long residents of some retirement villages have felt powerless.

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