Bounty Boulevard State School Scores Two New Crossing Supervisors

Students at Bounty Boulevard State School will have a safer journey to and from school, thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s continued rollout of the School Crossing Supervisors Program.

Bounty Boulevard is set to receive two new crossing supervisors, as part of an additional 25 new supervisors being allocated to 19 schools during the 2017-18 financial year.

The Palaszczuk Government is committed to keeping our kids safe. Sending children to school can be stressful for parents, so it is great to have that extra level of safety assurance that crossing supervisors provide.

Thanks to the new supervisors Bounty Boulevard State School will benefit from the School Crossing Supervisor Scheme for many years to come.

Peak traffic times will now be a lot safer for these students, as they will have the help of the supervisors as they travel to and from school. School crossing supervisors do a tremendous job keeping children safe and educating them about road safety.

Supervised school crossings encourage pedestrians to cross the road at a safe location, rather than at a different and sometimes unsafe points along the road. Supervised crossing also decrease delays around schools for motorists, as well as reminding them to take extra care on the road.

As the biggest Prep – 6 school in Queensland, Bounty Boulevard State School can get quite busy in the morning and afternoon, so it is fantastic that these supervisors will be on site to make sure that children can get safely to and from school.

For more information on School Crossing Supervisors, including how to become a Supervisor visit:

Container Refund Scheme & Plastic Bag Ban Starting Soon

Queenslanders can look forward to cleaner parks, beaches and public areas as the state has a Container Refund Scheme, and a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags rolling out for a start on 1 July 2018!

I was pleased to support Steven Miles, Minister for the Environment and Heritage Protection’s Waster Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill which introduced the container refund scheme and plastic shopping which was passed by Queensland Parliament in September.

Locals have made it clear to me that there is overwhelming support for both the refund scheme and the plastic bag ban.

These initiatives will help stem the scourge of plastic shopping bags, and put a price on drink containers, so that they get recycled.

I think that the best advocates for these reforms are Queensland school children. They have shown me how much they value our wildlife, especially marine creatures like turtles, dugongs and sea birds.

The container refund scheme will see most drink containers, between 150ml and 3L eligible for a .10c refund, although some containers will be exempt.

Bans on light-weight single use plastic bags are already in place in other parts of the country, including South Australia, Tasmania as well as the ACT and NT.

I am pleased to see that some retailers are already phasing out single-use bags ahead of the introduction of the ban on 1 July 2018.

The Palaszczuk Government will continue to work closely with drink manufacturers, retailers, local government, industry stakeholders and the community to ensure a smooth transition and operation of the container refund scheme and plastic ban ban.

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Boundary Road Overpass Upgrade Opens Six Months Early

The $100.4 million upgrade to the Boundary Road Interchange on the Bruce Highway is finished and open to traffic – six months ahead of schedule!

I was proud to join with Shane King MP, Member for Kallangur and Acting Main Roads Minister, Steven Miles to celebrate the early completion of the new interchange. This is great news for local residents and businesses, as well as other drivers using the Bruce Highway.

This upgrade was one of the biggest road projects in our fast growing region.

Locals will benefit so much from this, and they have told me that they are impressed by how the team from Main Roads have delivered it so quickly.

The original two lane bridge had served our community for over 40 years, before it was demolished earlier this year. The new six lane bridge has transformed the area for the growing community by allowing traffic to move through the more quickly – benefitting commuters, cyclists, pedestrians and businesses.

The new interchange features longer on and off-ramps, to improve safety for cars entering and exiting the highway, as well as a separate shared user path to help pedestrians and cyclists safely navigate the interchange. All of these features will significantly improve safety, ease congestion and cater for traffic growth in years to come.

The project was jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments.

Local groups urged to apply to share in $1.8 million to honour Anzacs



Local organisations are being encouraged to apply to share in more than $1.8 million in funding available over the next year to commemorate the Anzac Centenary, Chris Whiting said.

Mr Whiting said the Queensland Government was committed to preserving the Anzac legacy for future generations, with groups in the area able to apply for grants of up to $80,000 to commemorate the role played by Queenslanders in the First World War.

“The Queensland Government is supporting a range of initiatives to commemorate the Anzac Centenary, including the Spirit of Service and Lasting Legacies grant programs,” Chris Whiting said.

“These grant programs are open to local groups and organisations, with RSL’s, parents and friends associations, sporting clubs and not for profits groups all welcome to apply.

“It’s important to honour the legacy of our Anzacs and these grants help our local communities to keep the memory of the brave men and women who served in the First World War alive,” he said.

The Spirit of Service grants program provides funding for projects up to $20,000, while the Lasting Legacies grants program provides funding between $20,001 and $80 000.

Chris whiting said there were numerous ways to honour the service and sacrifice of Queenslanders through these grant programs, from traditional approaches to new and engaging projects.

“Previous grants have been awarded for the display of military memorabilia, the development of phone apps, books, guided tours and even plays,” he said.

“With the latest rounds of the Spirit of Service and Lasting Legacies grant programs now open, I encourage local groups and organisations to apply.”

The current round of Lasting Legacies grants program closes 20 August 2017, and the current round of Spirit of Service applications will close on 15 October 2017.

For more information or to start an application, visit or call 3003 9170.

Queensland Day Community Champions Awards














The Moreton Bay Region is a great place to live. We are surrounded by the natural beauty of Deception Bay, the bustling business centre of North Lakes, and the growing Mango Hill community serviced by the fantastic new Redcliffe Peninsula Line.
Across the entire Murrumba Electorate it is the people who make a great difference. Our Community Champions.
Since being elected I have presented an award annually for some of our fantastic volunteers in the lead-up to Christmas. This year however I wanted to do something a bit different, and honour anyone who makes a difference in our community.
What better day to acknowledge the hard work of local Queenslanders than on Queensland Day? June 6 recognises the day that the great state of Queensland become self-governing in 1859.
It could be someone who works in one of our many fantastic community groups, or on a school P&C. A business who gives back to the community, or someone putting in the effort at a local sporting group.
There’s an endless list of great qualities, and great people we can acknowledge.
The awards are open to anyone who you feel makes a positive difference in the Murrumba community.
Nominations close at 5pm on 26 May 2017.
Recipients, and those who have nominated them, will be invited to a special awards function on Queensland Day.
Murrumba is comprised of the suburbs of Griffin, Mango Hill, Rothwell, North Lakes, Deception Bay & Burpengary East. It also takes in parts of Kippa-Ring, Narangba and Morayfield.



Disability Community Event Grants 2017

idpwdCommunity groups, schools, sports clubs and other non-government organisations can now apply for grants of up to $5,000 to help celebrate and recognise the abilities of Queenslanders with disability during Disability Action Week (10–16 September) and International Day of People with Disability (3 December).

Following the success of last year’s round, an increased share in $150,000 will again be available to the community to hold events and activities across the state.

Through this grants program, we aim to involve people from all parts of the community in breaking down barriers for people with disability to work, travel, socialise and participate in the community like other people.

Applications close on Wednesday 24 May. For more information on applying for grants, and the types of events to be funded in 2017, go to

Community Grants Pave Way to Safer Roads


Local communities can now get grants for small local projects, that make local roads safer, said Chris Whiting MP.

Community-based groups, schools and local governments can now apply for Round Six of the Queensland Government’s Community Road Safety Grants.

“If you get a Community Road Safety Grant, you can help make a real difference to the safety of pedestrians and road users,” Chris Whiting said.

“We need to do all we can to keep Queenslanders safe. Community-based projects run by community members are a great way to do this.

“Grants are valued up to $20,000 for short-term, small-scale road safety projects, such as road safety education programs,” said Chris Whiting.

 Applications close 26 May 2017.  

For more information on how to apply for a Community Road Safety Grant, go to



Hall, Yes! $5 million for Bounty Boulevard State School Hall

220317pittjonesbbsshall I am thrilled to say that today, we have secured $5 million to build a new multipurpose hall at Bounty Boulevard State School!

This good news comes after years of campaigning by the school community.

The Palaszczuk Government will invest $5 million to build a new school hall at Bounty Boulevard State School as part of our $200 million Advancing Queensland Schools funding package.

The Bounty Boulevard school community have been calling for a new school hall for many years. Bounty Boulevard is now the largest Prep to Year 6 school in Queensland, and has lacked a fit-for-purpose venue to host assemblies, events and indoor sports.

I know how important this facility is and I am proud to have delivered for our community.

I want to congratulate the school leadership, the P&C and broader school community for their efforts to secure this funding.

I’m looking forward to seeing the difference this hall makes to education at Bounty Boulevard State School.

The project was expected to go to tender next month.

The Palaszczuk Government is determined to give every student in every school the best possible education.

That means delivering the teachers, curriculum and school facilities we need to give students the best chance at success.

This project will also create vital jobs for local tradies and more opportunities for apprentices and trainees.

Whiting in The Bay, Chris Whiting to Contest New Seat of ‘Bancroft’

Chris Whiting MP, Member for Murrumba this morning announced he will be contesting the seat of Bancroft at the next state election.

Bancroft will be composed of the communities in the northern end of the current electorate of Murrumba – Burpengary East, Deception Bay and North Lakes.

“I stand today, at the Bancroft Memorial in Deception Bay, to announce I will be the ALP candidate in the new seat of Bancroft

“I want to keep on representing the communities of Burpengary East, Deception Bay and North Lakes, as well as the parts of Rothwell, Kallangur, Narangba and Morayfield as the first member for Bancroft

“There is still much work to do in this community – we need to keep on building a better community

“Eighteen years ago I first starting knocking on doors in Deception Bay, asking them to vote for me to be their local councillor.

“We have come a long way together since 1999.

“As the first Labor candidate for Bancroft, I will once again bring my values to the job.

“A fair go for everyone – equality of opportunity – tolerance – acceptance – the dignity and sanctity of work – the absolute importance of education and training.

“This new seat needs a Labor member.  Only Labor is dedicated to creating jobs and restoring services.

“Only Labor can provide stability for Queensland: we will not be distracted from our focus on jobs.

“Only Labor has delivered for this community

“That includes $32M in funding for new and refurbished local classrooms, 31 extra nurses at Redcliffe Hospital, the Rothwell roundabout – funded, the Boundary Road interchange – funded, and the Redcliffe Rail Line – delivered!

“It will be an honour to keep on serving all the residents of Murrumba – everyone, right up to the day of the election”, said Chris Whiting.

Volunteers urged to get in the Games

beattieMember for Murrumba, Chris Whiting has today called for residents to volunteer for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

15,000 volunteers are needed to join the Commonwealth Games team to help make it a great experience for athletes, officials and spectators from 4 – 15 April 2018.

“This is a great, once in a life time opportunity for people here in the Murrumba electorate to get involved and share in the excitement and enthusiasm for the Games,” Mr Whiting said.

“The majority of volunteer roles are based on the Gold Coast however as an event city, Brisbane will host the cycling and shooting events.

“We know that the success of major events like the Commonwealth Games rely on the enthusiasm, friendliness and performance of volunteers.

“I want to encourage people to volunteer as this is a great way for us to put our best foot forward,” Mr Whiting said. Volunteers will be used in a variety of roles across 24 Games locations including venues, the Commonwealth Games Village and hotels.

  • Applicants need to be available during the Games from 4 – 15 April 2018
  • Be 16 years or over at the time of application
  • Apply online via from 9am (AEST), Monday 6 February
  • The application process can take up to 30 minutes to complete
  • Volunteers will receive a uniform, training and public transport during the Games
  • Volunteers must have their own accommodation during the Games
  • Volunteer shifts will be from 6 – 10 hours with meal breaks included
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