Plastic bags are done come July 1

The Palaszczuk Government’s plastic bag ban comes into effect on July 1, said Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting.

Urgent action is needed because around 16 million of these bags wind up in our environment each year, said Mr Whiting.

“Close to one billion single use plastic shopping bags are used every year by Queenslanders,” Mr Whiting said.

“The ban will help keep our state beautiful for generations to come and reduce the impact of plastic pollution on our treasured environment and wildlife”

The ban applies to all single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags under 35 microns in thickness, including compostable, biodegradable and degradable plastic shopping bags.

Mr Whiting said the ban will apply to all retailers including market-stall holders and organisations which supply single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags, for in-store and online sales.

“Already some retailers have already stopped using plastic shopping base.

“Most householders are already likely to have alternative bags they can use such as reusable ‘green bags’ or bags they use every day, like a backpack,” Mr Whiting said.

Community Encouraged to Hop On-Board for Safer Roads

Local school and community groups are encouraged to apply for funding grants through the Queensland Government’s Community Road Safety Grants, said Chris Whiting MP.

Community Road Safety Grants provide opportunities for community organisations to support local road safety initiatives, to help educate and drive a cultural change toward road safety in local communities.

“I look forward to seeing many local school and community groups flex their creative muscles, and put forward proposals that help make safer roads in our community,” Chris Whiting said.

“This is a fantastic initiative that is aimed at reducing our road toll,” Mr Whiting said.

Applicants can apply now for funding up to $20,000 for short-term projects that target local road safety issues, or funding for periods up to three years for programs that deliver young driver road safety education and learner driver mentoring.

Projects funded in previous years include:
• bicycle safety education and infrastructure
• school road safety education
• community road safety awareness
• child restraint educations and resources
• learner driver mentoring programs
The Community Road Safety Grants program is funded from the Camera Detected Offence Program. Applications opened on 17 April 2018 and will close on Friday 8 June 2018.

More information can be found at:
https://www.qld.gov.au/community/community-organisations-volunteering/funding-grants-resources/community-road-safety-grants

Help is on the way! MP hands over new Ambulance Vehicle

Chris Whiting MP, Member for Bancroft this week handed over the keys to a new vehicle at the North Lakes Ambulance station.

“This specialised patient transport van is a $230,000 investment by the Palaszczuk Government in the region,” Mr Whiting said.

“The vehicle has been built locally in Bancroft by Varley, who are located in the Narangba Innovation Precinct.

“This is yet another example of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to growing Queensland jobs.

“The vehicle can carry two patients and is staffed by a specialised mixture of drivers and paramedics depending on the needs of the patients.

“It carries state of art equipment for patients, but also to ensure the safety of Queensland Ambulance staff and other road users.

“These features include lane sensors, rear sensors and the Emergency Vehicle Priority system, which triggers a green light at compatible intersections”
“What a pleasure it is to deliver this new resource to our hardworking ambulance officers and to our station at North Lakes,” Mr Whiting said.

The North Lakes Ambulance Station, opened in 2012, is the largest Ambulance station in Queensland with a fleet of 11 vehicles and 34 staff.

Local Community Champions Celebrated on Queensland Day

Do you know someone who makes a positive difference in the Bancroft community? If so Chris Whiting MP wants to make sure they are recognised.

“Across the Bancroft community it is the people who make a great difference. They are our Community Champions,” Mr Whiting said.

“This is why I am again hosting my annual Queensland Day Community Champion Awards, to honour and recognise them.

“What better day to acknowledge the hard work of local Queenslanders, than on Queensland Day?

“Our Community Champions come in many forms, from volunteers in community, sporting or school groups, to businesses or businesspeople who give back to their community. There is an endless list of great qualities and people that can be acknowledged,” Mr Whiting said.

The Queensland Day Community Champion Awards nominations are open to residents from the Bancroft electorate who you feel makes a positive difference to our community.

Nominations are open now, and will close at 5pm 31 May 2018. Email bancroft@parliament.qld.gov.au or call 3448-2100 to obtain a nomination form.

The North Lakes Sports Club has again agreed to sponsor the Awards, and the presentation ceremony will be held at the Club on Queensland Day, with award winners and their families being advised of the precise details closer to the date.

Bancroft is comprised of the suburbs of: Burpengary East, Deception Bay and North Lakes. It also takes in parts of Morayfield, Rothwell and Mango Hill.

HAVE YOUR SAY ON CYBERBULLYING

We all want young people to be healthy, happy and safe. However, there is growing concern in some communities about cyberbullying of young people. Cyberbullying is using technology to bully another person. It can hurt young people, their families and friends. It is also a complex problem that can be invisible and difficult to stop.

The Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce needs your help to develop a framework for Queensland to help reduce cyberbullying of young people. They want to hear from parents, family members, carers, young people, community groups, health and wellbeing experts and people who work in our schools.

In particular, the Taskforce wants to hear about your ideas to:

• prevent or reduce cyberbullying
• support people affected by the cyberbullying of young people.

The Taskforce is chaired by Madonna King, and includes members with knowledge and expertise in education, youth health and wellbeing, law, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, disability and families.

How to have your say:
Email the Taskforce at antibullyingtaskforce@premiers.qld.gov.au

Upload your ideas as a submission on the Taskforce website https://qld.gov.au/cyberbullyingtaskforce

Come to a public forum in 12 Queensland locations including Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton and Roma.
For information about forums visit https://qld.gov.au/cyberbullyingtaskforce

Everyone can be part of the stand against cyberbullying. Ms King and the Taskforce members look forward to hearing from you.

Community Encouraged to Hop On-Board for Safer Roads

Local school and community groups are encouraged to apply for funding grants through the Queensland Government’s Community Road Safety Grants, said Chris Whiting MP.

Community Road Safety Grants provide opportunities for community organisations to support local road safety initiatives, to help educate and drive a cultural change toward road safety in local communities.

“I look forward to seeing many local school and community groups flex their creative muscles, and put forward proposals that help make safer roads in our community,” Chris Whiting said.

“This is a fantastic initiative that is aimed at reducing our road toll,” Mr Whiting said.

 

Applicants can apply now for funding up to $20,000 for short-term projects that target local road safety issues, or funding for periods up to three years for programs that deliver young driver road safety education and learner driver mentoring.

Projects funded in previous years include:
• bicycle safety education and infrastructure
• school road safety education
• community road safety awareness
• child restraint educations and resources
• learner driver mentoring programs
The Community Road Safety Grants program is funded from the Camera Detected Offence Program. Applications opened on 17 April 2018 and will close on 25 May 2018.

More information can be found at:
https://www.qld.gov.au/community/community-organisations-volunteering/funding-grants-resources/community-road-safety-grants

Labour Hire Workers Given Greater Protections

Labour hire workers in Bancroft now have increased protections as the Palaszczuk Government’s new labour hire law took effect on 16 April, Chris Whiting MP said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is leading the way in the fight to ensure that our most vulnerable workers are not subject to exploitation and mistreatment,” Chris Whiting said.

“I have worked as a real estate agent and know you need to be licenced to sell a house, so it makes sense to me you have to be licenced to hire out labour.

“The lack of regulation in labour hire has meant some rogue operators have been able to take advantage of employees.

“In the absence of any action by the Federal Government, the Palaszczuk Government has drawn a line in the sand and set up a system to ensure all stakeholders do the right thing.

“In the past there have been cases of workers being sexually harassed, forced to work ridiculously long hours, underpaid or even unpaid or exposed to serious safety risks.

“The new laws require that Labour Hire providers be licenced in Queensland, and businesses who need to hire labour must only use licenced providers,” Chris Whiting said.

The new Labour Hire Licensing Scheme sets minimum standards for labour hire providers, and was established following extensive consultation with stakeholders.

To obtain a licence, a provider must demonstrate that they are fit and proper to provider theses services, can comply with relevant state and Commonwealth law, and that their business is financially viable.

“Be warned – if you provide labour hire services in Queensland without a licence or try to avoid your responsibilities, you may face jail time, a hefty fine or your license may be cancelled,” said Chris Whiting.
A newly formed Labour Hire Licensing Compliance Unit will be responsible for regulating and ensuring compliance with the scheme.
For more information on the Queensland’s Labour Hire Licensing Scheme go to www.labourhire.qld.gov.au

Hall Yes! Curtain raised on Bounty Boulevard State School Hall

The Bounty Boulevard State School community came together yesterday to celebrate the official opening of their long-awaited new school hall said Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting MP.

The new hall is a state-of-the-art indoor facility able to host the school’s musicals and run sporting events. The hall project also included an additional 40 parking spaces at the school.

“It has been a privilege to work with the Bounty Boulevard school community to secure this much-needed hall for them,” Mr Whiting said.

“It was a great day when I heard from former Minister for Education Kate Jones that I had secured $5M to build the hall.

“It was clear that Queensland’s largest primary school needed a hall, and it is great the current Education Minister Grace Grace was able to open it”

 

“I asked the school community to rally behind the cause, and they sent me hundreds of letters and emails explaining why we needed the hall.

“I know these letters were instrumental in getting Bounty Boulevard State School to the top of the list when the Palaszczuk Government announced our $200 million Advancing Queensland Schools Fund in March 2017.

“I have managed to secure significant investment of more than $37 million in our local schools since the 2015 election so our kids can have the highest quality education,” Mr Whiting said.

The new hall incorporates a multipurpose sports court, stage area, storage rooms, amenities and change rooms.

Bounty Boulevard State School is Queensland’s largest primary school, with enrolment growing from 130 students when it opened in 2009, to over 1,400 today.

Igniting ideas for local business success

Start-ups and small businesses in North Lakes and Deception Bay can get up to $250,000 to advance their innovative products and services, said Chris Whiting MP.

The Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas fund has so far supported more than 200 Queensland businesses and more than 1000 new jobs through $26.5 million of Ignite Ideas funding.

“Local businesses in areas such as tourism, agriculture, advanced manufacturing, engineering, renewable energy, information technology, and construction can all get funding through Advance Queensland Ignite,” said Chris Whiting MP.

“Through this Advance Queensland program, the Queensland Government is providing innovative businesses with opportunities to take their ready-to-market idea to the next level”.

“I’m encouraging small businesses and innovators in North Lakes and Deception Bay to apply for Round 4 of this program,” said Chris Whiting MP.
Projects are assessed on their ability to commercialise innovative products and demonstrate job creation and a positive impact for our regional economy.

Innovation Minister Kate Jones said the Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas program targets businesses with fewer than 200 staff that have a suitable working prototype that is ready to be turned into commercial reality.

“Advance Queensland is the Palaszczuk Government’s $518 million initiative to diversify Queensland’s economy, create the jobs of the future and build Queensland’s reputation as a global innovation and investment destination,” she said.

More information on the program is available on the Advance Queensland website:
https://advance.qld.gov.au/entrepreneurs-startups/ignite-ideas-fund.aspx

Sun Shines Bright on Bancroft’s Solar Schools

Solar panels will go on the rooftops of every State school in Deception Bay and North Lakes under the Palaszczuk Government’s $97 million Advancing Clean Energy Schools program, said Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting.

The Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) program will deliver huge savings to local schools and allow them the opportunity to invest in more air conditioning for students, said Chris Whiting.

“I pushed hard to get solar power and energy efficiency measures installed at all our all local State schools,” Chris Whiting said.

“Schools are selected based on their energy consumption, student enrolments and whether we can use local suppliers to do the work.”

“So this isn’t just great news for our local schools but is also an opportunity for our local suppliers, businesses and tradies to benefit from this investment,” said Chris Whiting.

Chris Whiting said the installation will happen over three years and the ACES program will save our schools an estimated $10.2 million a year.

“Our state schools are among the government’s largest energy users, with an annual energy bill of more than $50 million,” Chris Whiting said.

“There will be an announcement in a matter of weeks about the procurement and tender process and the expected start dates for installations.

“The first phase of the program this year will include up to 30 schools in each of the Department of Education’s seven regions, so the benefits will be shared throughout the state.

“The program will see an investment of $40 million in solar photovoltaic systems and $57 million on making schools more energy efficient.

“Renewable energy technology has developed significantly and we want to take advantage of the opportunities that now exist for our state schools to make energy savings,” Chris Whiting said.

The schools to receive solar panels in the Bancroft electorate are:

• Bounty Boulevard State School
• North Lakes State College
• Deception Bay State School
• Deception Bay North State School
• Deception Bay State High School
• Moreton Downs State School

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