175 nurses and midwives begin their careers in Metro North

newnurses 175 new nurses and midwives will begin their careers at Metro North Hospital and Health Service over the coming weeks, as part of the 2017 graduate nurse and midwife intake.

Chris Whiting MP, Member for Murrumba said it was an exciting time for the new starters and the region.

“These people have committed themselves to the health and welfare of our community,” Mr Whiting said.

“While roles in healthcare are not for the faint-hearted, they are incredibly rewarding as people have the opportunity to make a difference in other’s lives daily.

“While most nursing positions are in the medical and surgical ward environments, others will be in specialised areas such as emergency and mental health.

“Graduate midwives will practice in community antenatal and postnatal services, and hospital-based maternity services and birthing centres.

“The delivery of these jobs illustrates the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to community welfare, not to mention boosting the local economy.”

Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick said the number of nursing and midwifery graduates opting for placement in Queensland proved the state remained a popular choice for a nursing or midwifery career.

“The Palaszczuk Government has delivered 3000 additional nurses and 800 doctors to the front line,” Mr Dick said.

“Nurses and midwives are the backbone of our health system and they are vital in improving people’s general health and wellbeing.

“That is why the Palaszczuk Government has implemented a number of initiatives to not only provide more nurses and midwives for our hospitals, but also improve their workplaces, scope of practice and career development opportunities.

“A strong, educated workforce of nursing and midwifery professionals is vital in achieving our goal of ensuring Queenslanders become among the healthiest people in the world by 2026.

“I welcome them to the Queensland public health system and thank them for the roles they will play in helping reach this goal and improving the lives of Queenslanders.”


$1.2 Million Road Safety Improvements for Deception Bay Road

The Palaszczuk Government is boosting road safety in safety Deception Bay through a road safety project at the Lipscombe, Park and Deception Bay Roads intersection.

Member for Murrumba, Chris Whiting said community safety was the main driver behind the $1.2 million project.

“We are committed to building and maintaining safer roads and improvements at this intersection will deliver real benefits for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists,” Mr Whiting said.

“Works will include extending the westbound right-turn lane on Deception Bay Road for motorists turning right into Lipscombe Road, road widening, and modifying traffic signals.

“When it’s finished, the community will have access to a significantly safer intersection with reduced crash risk and improved traffic flow.

“This project is funded under the Queensland Government’s Safer Roads Sooner Program, which aims to improve road safety and focuses on implementing high-benefit, cost-effective solutions to prevent crashes and incidents on Queensland roads.”

Chris Whiting said works were scheduled between Monday and Saturday, from 6am to 5pm, with occasional night work as required. Construction is expected to take up to three months to complete, weather and conditions permitting.

“Changed traffic conditions including traffic control devices, lane closures and speed reductions will apply during the works,” he said.

“I would like to thank residents and motorists for their patience while these important works to improve safety on the state-controlled road network are undertaken.”

For information or enquiries on roadworks and traffic conditions, call 13 19 40 or visit www.131940.qld.gov.au


Get set to Get Started

getstarted Chris Whiting MP, Member for Murrumba says local families should get ready to take advantage of extra vouchers made available by the Palaszczuk government to help young people join sports or recreation clubs.

Mr Whiting said Treasurer and Minister for Sport, Curtis Pitt, had made an extra $750,000 available to help more than 5,000 Queensland children kick-start their involvement in organised sport through Round 9 of the popular Get Started vouchers program.

“The program provides vouchers that can be used to help meet the cost of club membership for young people interested in sporting activities,” Mr Whiting said.

“The vouchers are designed for families who might otherwise not be able to afford the cost of a sports or recreational club fees.

“High demand for the $150 vouchers in the current Round 9 of the Get Started program led to the initial allocation of $4.2 million worth of vouchers being exhausted very soon after the online applications opened last week.

“More than 800 vouchers were issued to families in the Murrumba electorate but I know there is demand for more.

“So it is good news that Curtis Pitt has allocated an additional $750,000 in vouchers that will be available online from 9.15 am on Thursday.

“The extra funds should help as many as 5,000 more children across Queensland to get involved in their favourite sport.

“I urge anyone who wants a voucher to act quickly on Thursday morning by visiting www.npsr.qld.gov.au/getinthegame.

“The vouchers are issued on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, and demand is always high, so you need to be quick,” Mr Whiting said.

Flashing school zone signs for Christ the King School

ctk2 Christ the King School now has flashing school zone signs to help protect their students, thanks to the Palaszczuk Government.

Member for Murrumba, Chris Whiting said signs were installed recently in highly visible locations in school zones on Thompson Street.

“Not only does the flashing school zone sign improve the visibility of the school zone, but it also alerts and reminds drivers they are entering a school zone and need to slow down.

“Students arriving and leaving school can be preoccupied and unpredictable around roads and cars.

“We are committed to providing an environment that is as safe for them as possible.

“This isn’t something we can do on our own, we need motorists to adhere to the speed limit and adjust their speed accordingly, when driving through school zones.”

“The signs only flash during school zone times and only on school days, so drivers will always be alerted to when kids are more likely to be out and about.”

“The flashing school zone signs program has been a resounding success since the Queensland Labor Government introduced them in 2011,” Mr Whiting said.



Holiday Makeover for Local Schools

While Bayside state school students and teachers have been enjoying a well-earned break, local tradies have been hard at work upgrading and expanding local schools ready for 2017.

Member for Murrumba Chris Whiting said the work was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s record $667 million school infrastructure program.

Mr Whiting said Murrumba and Redcliffe schools would share in more than $1.2 million for improvements to classrooms and other facilities.

“We want our state school students to have the best-possible classrooms to make the most of their education,” he said.

Ms D’Ath said work done on local schools during the holidays included:

  • $20,000 for Humpybong State School for a disability access ramp;
  • $140,000 for Redcliffe Special School for additional classrooms;
  • $90,000 for Clontarf Beach State High School to replace hall roof;
  • $60,000 for Clontarf Beach State School to refurbish the outdoor learning area;
  • $105,000 for Mango Hill State School for a relocatable building and additional classrooms;
  • $115,000 for North Lakes State College for additional accommodation;
  • $150,000 for Deception Bay State High School to refurbish the home economics block; and
  • $80,000 for Deception Bay State School to refurbish Block B.

Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath said when students and teachers return to school on Monday 23 January they will notice a big difference.

“This work was completed during the school holidays to ensure as little disruption as possible to classes.

“We are committed to ensuring that every child has access to a quality education and that includes quality school facilities.”

Mr Whiting said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to catering for enrolment growth at schools on the Bayside.

“We will always provide the classrooms our schools need to provide a quality education to all students,” he said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is not only building better schools on the Bayside we are also providing valuable jobs for tradies and training opportunities for apprentices.

“Our investment in new school classrooms and maintenance is supporting thousands of jobs for tradies and suppliers around the state.

Mr Whiting said local contractors and suppliers could still pre-register for school construction and maintenance work online at: hpw.qld.gov.au



Business Case for New High School Being Examined

The case for a new local high school, or campus, in the North Lakes Mango Hill area has been boosted by news that Building Queensland is examining a proposal for extra high school capacity north of Brisbane, Chris Whiting MP said.

The December 2016 ‘Infrastructure Pipeline Report’ confirmed that Building Queensland is helping build a preliminary case for extra secondary schooling capacity in the region.

“Just as we are getting ready for school in 2017, it is very exciting to learn that a new local high school, or high school campus may be entering the infrastructure pipeline,” Mr Whiting said.

“It is encouraging news for all the families who know that we live in one of the fastest growing areas of Australia, and we have a lot of pressure on our very popular schools,”

“It is early days yet, but I will continue to lobby Education Minister, Kate Jones, for an additional high school in Mango Hill, North Lakes or Griffin,” Chris Whiting said.

The Palaszczuk Government has invested $32 million in education infrastructure in Murrumba, including a $15 million multi-storey classroom block to start construction soon at North Lakes State College, and new classrooms at Mango Hill and Bounty Boulevard State Schools.

The Infrastructure Pipeline Report stated on Page 8 that the ‘Additional Secondary Schooling Capacity North of Brisbane’ proposal was one of just two new projects that have ‘entered the pipeline’.

The proposal is at the Strategic Business Case Stage, which is the earliest stage of development.

Building Queensland is an independent body that sets out the state’s infrastructure priorities.

Cleaning up the labour industry

Vulnerable labour hire workers in Queensland should be protected from the mistreatment and exploitation revealed in a Queensland Parliamentary Report Member for Murrumba, Chris Whiting MP said.

The Palaszczuk Government is inviting comments on a Parliamentary Committee report that contains disturbing evidence of exploitation and mistreatment of labour hire workers across Queensland.

“The labour hire industry in Australia is fast becoming a national disgrace,” Chris Whiting said.

“Unscrupulous labour hire operators are exploiting vulnerable workers right here in Queensland.

“The Palaszczuk Government will do everything in its power to curtail labour hire exploitation.

“Queensland is determined to lead the way nationally and weed out those unethical operators that are plaguing the labour hire industry.

“I want local workers and businesses to provide input by 6 February on how to clean up the labour hire industry in Queensland,” said Mr Whiting.

Chris Whiting said evidence to the Queensland Parliamentary inquiry included:

  • Underpayment of workers;
  • Cases of sexual harassment of workers;
  • Workers housed in overcrowded and sub-standard accommodation;
  • Unauthorised deductions from pay;
  • Lack of proper safety equipment and appropriate training; and
  • ‘Phoenix-ing’ of companies leaving workers stranded without their entitlements.

Chris Whiting said that the labour hire issues paper outlined a range of options the government is considering in its efforts to clean up the industry – including regulation through a licensing scheme.

“We are really interested in feedback on what any proposed labour hire licensing scheme should look like,” he said.

“We believe the introduction of regulation of the labour hire industry, through a licensing scheme would make for greater transparency and raise standards across the industry.

“In turn, we will also protect and support those labour hire businesses who are doing the right thing and operating ethically and responsibly.

“Once again, I urge all interested parties from business, industry, tourism and the union movement to provide input so we get it right,” Mr Whiting said.

The issues paper is available at treasury.qld.gov.au, and public comment is welcome until Monday 6 February 2017.

Merry Christmas Murrumba!

















It has been a busy, inspirational year here in Murrumba!

2016 has seen more than 60% of participants in Skilling Queenslanders for Work programs find employment or move on to further education and training. 
* We have seen the launch of services on the Redcliffe Peninsula Line. 
* Construction started on upgrades to Boundary Rd and the Rothwell Roundabout Intersection. 
* State and non-state schools in Deception Bay, Rothwell, Mango Hill and North Lakes have seen infrastructure spending top $32 million.

Just how busy have we been?

Here’s some examples:

* I have held more than 15 mobiles offices across the electorate since February.
* Myself or my staff have attended 75 events at local schools.
* I have run 15 forums or similar events.
* I have also have more than 200 scheduled meetings with constituents in my office over the year – this does not include non-scheduled meetings or those held by my staff.
* My office has also actioned more than 10,000 emails and many thousands of phone calls.

I’ve loved every minute of it I look forward to being even busier on your behalf in 2017.
Soon my office will be closing as my staff enjoy a well earned break over the Christmas/New Year period. We will reopen on 9 January ready for a bigger and better 2017!

Thousands to Save on their Electricity Bill

cashMore than 13,900 households in the Moreton Bay Regional Council area will be eligible to save money on their electricity bills from next year, Member for Murrumba Chris Whiting said today.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has confirmed that vulnerable Queenslanders, who hold a Health Care Card will be eligible to receive this expansion of the electricity rebate at a cost of %170 million over four years.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to putting downward pressure on electricity prices,” Mr Whiting said

“For the first time in Queensland’s history, low-income customers will be able to get the rebate,” said Chris Whiting.

“All up the generously expanded electricity concession program will provide $840 million to Queenslanders over the next four years,”

“From 1 January 2017, 157,000 additional households can look forward to saving $330 a year on their power bills,”

“This reform is about improving support to vulnerable Queenslanders,” Mr Whiting said

“The Government has already taken action to stabilise prices, including directing Energex and Ergon Energy not to challenge the decision by the Australian Energy Regulator to reduce network revenues.

“Queenslanders endured 43 per cent electricity price increases under the Newman-Nicholls Government.  Prices have stabilised under Palaszczuk Government,” Chris Whiting said.

Seniors and Pensioners will continue to receive the rebate, after the Government committed to funding the rebate for Queenslanders with a Seniors Card or Pensioner Concessions Card.

Chris Whiting said people can apply for the rebate from 1 April 2017, with payments being backdated to 1 January 2017.


Local Schools Big Winners in Infrastructure Funding

Non-state schools in Deception Bay, Rothwell and North Lakes are big winners with an announcement of more than $2 million in infrastructure spending today by Member for Murrumba, Chris Whiting MP.

‘This funding for infrastructure at our non-state schools is in addition to the more than $30 million invested in infrastructure at state schools in Deception Bay, Mango Hill and North Lakes in the last few years,’

‘This $2 million in funding means that students in Independent and Catholic school will soon be benefiting from new state of the art learning environments,’

‘The funding is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $92 million commitment to non-state schools in Queensland,’ Mr Whiting said.

Mr Whiting said that the investment in non-state schools would support construction jobs across the state.

‘Investment in schools infrastructure sees improvements to schools, but every project also provides valuable jobs for tradies, and training opportunities for apprentices,’

‘We want to ensure that our schools cater for enrolment growth and continue to provide quality educational opportunities to students,’

‘The Palaszczuk Government supports parents’ right to choose a state or non-state education for their children,’

‘We want to see every child benefiting from quality classrooms, no matter where they go to school,’ Mr Whiting said.

Local schools receiving funding are:

Christ the King, Deception Bay: More than $70,000

Mueller College, Rothwell: $815,000

The Lakes College, North Lakes: More than $1.1 million

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