Is your Business a Champions of Mature Workers?

 Chris Whiting MP is calling on locals to nominate businesses who are champions for mature workers to be recognised in the Mature Workers Mean Business Awards.

These awards are an important way of recognising those local employers who value the contribution mature aged workers to their businesses.

“About a quarter of the nation’s population are aged 55 and over, but they represent only 18% of the total labour force,” Mr Whiting said.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work program has assisted many mature aged people in Bancroft into work, or further training.

“If your business is currently benefitting from the experience and dedication of a worker who is over 55, then we want to hear from you,” Mr Whiting said.

To nominate for the awards, for a chance to win a personalised business coaching program visit and tell us in 100 words how your business has benefitted from hiring older workers.

Entries close at 5pm on Friday 26 October 2018.

Grants for local business to go digital

Local small businesses wanting to boost their digital and online presence can now apply for funding of up to $10,000 under the latest round of Small Business Digital Grants.

Small businesses in North Lakes and Deception Bay can use this funding to enhance their digital and online operations, said Chris Whiting MP

“The grants of up to $10,000 will help business owners to work smarter and make the most of online opportunities,” said Chris Whiting

“Some businesses are using the funding to redevelop their websites and boost their social media presence.

“It opens up opportunities for businesses to sell their goods to a broader market online, through social media and websites.

“Since our Advancing Small Business strategy began more than $8.2 million has been provide in grants to over 1,500 small businesses in Queensland.

“Recipients of these grants reported that they expect to take on 2,995 new employees,” said Chris.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said that by investing in Queensland’s small businesses we will grow the economy which will lead to more local jobs.

“The Palaszczuk Government has invested $4.9 million to support almost 1,000 small businesses under this successful program,” said Minister Fentiman.

“Empowering small businesses to be digitally savvy is a key driver of the Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016-20 to strengthen small business and help them to keep up in our fast growing economy,” said Minister Fentiman.

To be eligible for funding, small businesses must have fewer than 20 employees, have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST, have a turnover of $2 million or less in the last financial year and be based in Queensland.



Applications close on 5 October 2018. For more information including application forms, guidelines, terms and conditions, visit

Do we have the nation’s best fish & chips? Have your say!

 Love your local fish and chip shop? Chris Whiting MP wants you to share your love by voting for them in the Australian Fish and Chip Awards.

“The Australian Fish and Chip Awards are a great opportunity to publicise our local stores on the national stage and show you support the local staff.

“We all grew up eating fish and chips and my kids now reckon it’s their favourite family meal

“My office is close to Rothwell Seafood Café and Want the Food and I can vouch for quality and tastiness of their seafood.

“That’s why I have nominated them for the Australian Fish and Chips Awards.

“I think it would be great recognition for owners such as Rod and Glen and for all the local workers who work in their shop.

“But I know local businesses right across the electorate from North Lakes to Burpengary East are serving up amazing fish and chips,” said Chris Whiting.

Voting is open until September 15, with state award winners being announced on 15 October.

“I want fish and chip loving locals to go online and vote for their favourite store,” said Chris Whiting.

To vote for your local fish and chip shop to be named Queensland’s best visit:

Brisbane Airport Community Giving Fund

On 1 September the Brisbane Airport Community Giving Fund will once again be seeking applications from eligible community groups, organisations, individuals and schools. Applications for this round close at 5pm on Sunday 30 September 2018.

The Fund has been established to provide much needed financial assistance to community groups and is part of Brisbane Airport Corporation’s ongoing commitment to supporting and engaging with the local community. It is focused on the categories of health and wellbeing, safety, sport, education or other community benefit initiatives.

To be eligible for consideration in the upcoming round, applications for a Community Giving Fund grant must fit into one of two categories:

  1. The Giving Fund – cash grants to community groups providing health and wellbeing, safety, sport, education, environment or other community benefit initiatives.
  2. Lunch and Learn – opportunity for students or young entrepreneurs to spend time with a leader in the aviation industry. This category does not include cash grants, but rather provides an opportunity to learn.

I would encourage community organisations in the Bancroft electorate to apply for this funding.

Application details and full terms and conditions can be found at 

Community Road Safety Grants to benefit Moreton Downs State School P & C


Road safety in the Bancroft electorate will be boosted thanks to the rollout of the 2018 Community Road Safety Grants.

More than $708,000 will be shared between 49 Queensland schools, community groups and not-for-profit organisations to improve road safety in their local areas in the next three years.

The 2018 Community Road Safety Grants round had two funding streams: for one-off projects and also for three-year programs, to cater for longer-term youth road safety education and learner mentor driver programs

The Palaszczuk Government is also funding a further $4.2 million worth of Community Road Safety Grants over the next three years.

In the Bancroft electorate, the Moreton Downs State School will receive a grant to assist Road Safety & Bycyle Education program.

Member for Bancroft said the grants were a great example of the Palaszczuk Government working with community-based groups on the important and life-saving issue of road safety.

“We all have a role to play in keeping our roads safe, and the successful recipients of the Community Road Safety Grants 2018 funding round are to be commended for their efforts and continued interest in road safety,” he said.

Chris Whiting Member for Bancroft said the grants program helped local organisations address issues at a grassroots level through the development of education activities, road safety projects and other community-based programs.

“I would like to congratulate the successful Community Road Safety Grants 2018 applicants in our local area, who will now have an opportunity to bring their ideas to fruition,” Mr Whiting said.

“No one knows their local community better than the people who live there, and the Queensland Government is pleased to support schools and organisations to address local road safety issues.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, and when we work together we all reap the benefits.”

Other initiatives to be implemented through the Community Road Safety Grants 2018 funding round across the state include:

  • BRAKE youth road safety education program to seven schools across all regions of Queensland
  • delivery of childhood road safety education and awareness across 9 kindergartens and primary schools
  • delivery of the RYDA youth road safety education program for year 11 by the Rotary Club of Caboolture
  • delivery of bicycle and scooter road safety education and awareness sessions to 23 kindergartens and schools across the state
  • PCYC Bowen for the delivery of their Braking the Cycle learner driver mentor program. More information and a full list of grant recipients will be shortly available at

Deception Bay locals ready for jobs (and getting them)

Deception Bay locals are gaining jobs in conservation, land management and hospitality as a result of two more jobs and employment projects funded by the Palaszczuk Government.

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said Deception Bay Community Youth Programs (DBCYP) had delivered The Green Project and Get Set for Work Deception Bay thanks to $688,800 from the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

“These projects offered participants a range of support to prepare for new employment opportunities, including earning a Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management or a Certificate II in Hospitality,” Minister Fentiman said.

“Working with a community organisation and earning a nationally recognised qualification means each participant can build their understanding and skills in a friendly environment that also addresses any other barriers they are facing.”

Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting attended the graduation for the two projects on behalf of Minister Fentiman.

“Get Set For Work is changing lives in our community by directly getting local people into work after they finish training,” Chris Whiting said.

“One participant is working with a local cabinetmaker and I talked to a young man who has a job interview tomorrow.

There are real long-term benefits that come from assisting young people towards joining the workforce, because they can secure their own futures and contribute more to the wider community.”

DBCYP Employer Relationships Manager Donna Conroy said both projects offered tailored support to each participant.

“Earlier this month participants form The Green Project showed off the skills they learnt by designing and building two display gardens—one Japanese inspired and one Aboriginal—at the Redcliffe Garden and Lifestyle Expo. These participants also regenerated other sites including Kumbartcho Sanctuary,” Ms Conroy said.

“While these two projects wrap up now, we have four more Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects kicking off soon, including a new Green Project, thanks to $1,656,600 from the latest funding round. These are aiming to assist a further 172 people.”

Skilling Queenslanders for Work funds skills development, training and job opportunities for unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of targeted skills and training programs. Seventy-three per cent of participants found work, took on further training or returned around 12 months after exiting a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project.

Applications to deliver projects through Skilling Queenslanders for Work’s second funding round for 2018–19 are open now until 5pm Thursday 27 September. For further information visit or call 1300 369 935.

Sunshine Coast Officers and Staff recognised at awards ceremony

Mr Chris Whiting MP, Member for Bancroft, Assistant Commissioner Clem O’Regan and Superintendent Darryl Johnson congratulated officers and staff from the Sunshine Coast District who received medals, certificates and awards at a ceremony held at the Lake Kawana Community Centre today.

The ceremony saw 85 officers, staff members and community members recognised for their outstanding commitment to serve the Queensland community.

Assistant Commissioner O’Regan presented the Queensland Police Bravery Medal to five officers and two staff members for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.

Senior Constable Wesley Hopper and Mr Daniel MacFarlane were recognised for their bravery for saving a male who was observed to be struggling in water in Caloundra. The incident occurred in November 2015 and due to this act of bravery the male person survived.

Sergeant Gordon Holmes, Senior Constable Adam Tickner, Senior Constable Peter Low, Senior Constable Michael Grigalius and Mr Peter Steer were acknowledged for their bravery in an incident that occurred in November 2014 involving an armed offender.

Due to their brave actions, the offender was taken into custody without harming other members of the community or himself.

The Member for Bancroft, Chris Whiting, said today’s recipients displayed a level of dedication to duty that gives the Queensland public continued confidence in their police service.

“All recipients displayed a proven range of skills that highlight their courage and boundless dedication to public service.”

“I know they will continue to work in a professional, responsive, and ethical way to ensure the safety and quality of life of the people of Queensland for years to come,” the Member for Bancroft said.

Superintendent Johnson said it is truly a privilege to have our police and members of the public acknowledged for their bravery and commitment to our community.

Mr Whiting presented the national awards to officers, including the presentation of the National Medal and the National Police Service Medal.

The National Medal recognises 15 years of diligent service by members of Australian police forces, defence forces, and members of the ambulance and fire services. Clasps to the National Medal are awarded for a further period of 10 years’ service.

15 police officers were presented with the National Police Service Medal which acknowledges past and future commitment to ethical and diligent service. An additional four officers were awarded with the National Medal 1st Clasp for 25 years of service and three officers received the 2nd Clasp for 35 years of service.

The Queensland Police Service Medal was awarded to 15 officers and four staff members. This award is approved by the Commissioner in recognition of diligent and ethical service by QPS employees after 10 years of full-time qualifying service.

An additional 29 officers and three staff members were awarded Queensland Police Service Medal Clasps. Of note Senior Sergeant Thomas Carroll, Senior Sergeant Richard Dodds and Karin Burgess received their 30 Year Clasp, Sergeant Bradley Wilson received the 35 Year Clasp and retired Sergeant Dell Fisher received the 40 Year Clasp.

Receiving the Queensland Women in Policing Award – Champion of Change was Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards. This award identifies and acknowledges the achievements of members of the Queensland Police Service who have contributed in improving the standing of women in the service.

Sergeant Cassandra Pukallus and Sergeant Mark Wright were awarded the Commissioner’s Certificate for their planning and delivery of the 2016 Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games.

The following officers also received certificates; Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards, Detective Senior Constables Christopher Eaton and Craig Mansfield were awarded the Assistant Commissioner Operational Certificate and Senior Constable Angus Green received the Superintendent Certificate.

Also acknowledged was Mr Karl Dubar, Ms Patricia Comerford and Mr Robert Cook, who were awarded the Commissioner of Police Certificate of Appreciation.
Assistant Commissioner O’Regan said all award recipients exhibited professionalism and a strong commitment to the community.

“The recipients who received awards today are a reflection of the high calibre of QPS members,” Assistant Commissioner O’Regan said.

“They are a credit to the Queensland Police Service, to the community they serve, and to their family and friends.”

Bruce Gets $12 million Facelift

The Palaszczuk Government investment in the Bruce Highway continues with a 15km resurfacing project between the Pine River Bridge and the Sunshine Coast.

The resurfacing project is a result of the hard work done by local Labor members

“This upgrade will mean a safer commute for locals and travellers heading to the Sunshine Coast,” said Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting.

“Commuters from North Lakes and Deception Bay travelling to Brisbane know we need improvements in the Murrumba Downs stretch of the highway.

“Works will be conducted at night from Sunday to Thursday to help minimise delays for motorists.

“The Moreton Bay region is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia and the Palaszczuk Government is committed to maintaining safer roads to cater for the growth.

“Work on this $12 million upgrade has already begun and will be completed progressively over the rest of the financial year,” said Chris Whiting.

Roadworks can add time to your journey, plan ahead and visit the QLDTraffic website for up-to-date information:

Community Benefit Grant Turns 25 in Style

A commemorative round of grants for 11 special projects across Queensland has been announced, to celebrate 25 years of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)

“The commemorative grants funding round provides total funds of up to $1.25 million, and will be distributed to 11 not-for-profit groups across Queensland.

“For nearly 25 years the GCBF has been supporting local community groups and support services by providing one off grants to help them, help our community,” said Chris Whiting.

There will be 10 grants of $100,000 and 1 grant of $250,000, with applications being accepted for projects with a minimum value of $35,000.

“The commemorative round will be done in two stages, with the first round being an Expression of Interest, and the second where shortlisted applicants will be invited to proceed further.

“The Expression of Interest stage closes at 11:59pm on 31 August, so I encourage all eligible local groups to get in quick,” said Chris Whiting.

Groups eligible to apply must be a Queensland community based not-for-profit group. Further details can be found at:

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund is Queensland’s largest one-off grants program which distributes roughly $54 million annually.

Queensland Seniors Week

Queensland Seniors Week provides opportunities to promote positive community attitudes towards older people and ageing, facilitate community participation, and enhance community connections, aligning with the Queensland Government’s and Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland’s vision of building Age-friendly communities in Queensland.

During 18-26 August 2018, Seniors Week will connect communities, providing opportunities for people to share and learn new experiences, discover services and support, and assist in reducing social isolation.

Queensland Seniors Week is coordinated by the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland, which receives Queensland Government funding to collaboratively plan, run and provide subsidies of $100,000 in total to organisations across Queensland for Seniors Week events and activities.

For more information on Seniors Week or to find an event near you visit

If you are interested in making sure you are getting the most out of the available seniors concessions visit or call the Seniors Enquiry Line on 1300 135 500.

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