Babies Welcome at Upcoming Celebration

Babies will be the guests of honour at the Second ‘Welcome Babies’ event in North Lakes hosted by Chris Whiting MP.

Chris is inviting parents of children up to one year old to sign up for this family-friendly annual event.

“Every year we have a ceremony to welcome our newest and youngest Australians, Mr Whiting said.

“We hold citizenship ceremonies for people taking up Australian citizenship and I think it’s only fitting we do the same for our newborns.

“That is why I am hosting a ‘Welcome Babies’ ceremony for all the young families in our local community.

“If you have a baby under one year old and you live in the Bancroft electorate, we want you to come along to this free event.

“There will entertainment, food & drink and face painting for the kids and valuable information for new parents from local businesses, community groups and government departments.

“And our special guest will be Di Farmer MP, Minister for Child Safety, Youth & Women.

“The Minister will present every baby in attendance with their own special ‘welcome’ certificate!’” said Chris Whiting.

The ‘Welcome Babies’ ceremony will be held at the North Lakes Sports Club on 16 August 2018.

Free tickets are strictly limited and must be pre-booked. Visit: https://www.trybooking.com/400746 to secure your tickets.

For further information, get in touch with Chris Whiting’s office on 3448-2100, or bancroft@parliament.qld.gov.au

EMERGENCY SERVICES CADETS BATTLE IT OUT IN 2018 CADET GAMES

The next generation of emergency services personnel are today testing their skills in the 2018 Cadet Games at the Sandgate Police Citizens’ Youth Club (PCYC).

Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting, representing Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford, said the games were a chance for cadets to see how they can apply their skills learned during cadet training.

“The Emergency Services Cadet Program has given these cadets great foundation emergency skills and will see them test these skills today” said Chris Whiting.

“The cadet program gives them a taste of how rewarding a future career in emergency services and volunteering can be.”

PCYC Emergency Services Cadets are competing for the title of Ultimate Cadet Crew with cadets from the Rural Fire Service, Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force and Military Cadets.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the games allowed young people to develop their skills and abilities in a safe environment.

“QFES’ partnership with PCYC Queensland helps to develop and mentor young people by giving them the skills they need to work in this field,” Ms Carroll said.

“The Cadet Games are a way for us to celebrate each cadet, as they challenge themselves to be the future generation of emergency services workers and volunteers that help build healthier and more resilient communities.

“It is so great to see young people getting involved in supporting their local communities through this program,” she said.

The ESCP is supported locally by QFES, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Police Service, Australian Red Cross, Surf Life Saving Queensland, Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association and Volunteer Marine Rescue Association Queensland.

There are currently 14 PCYC Emergency Services Cadet units, with an aim to increase to 25 in the next three years in high-risk communities.

Pay your Bus and Train Fare with your Smart Phone or Smart Watch!

The next step in the modernisation of the public transport ticketing system is nearly here for Queenslanders said Chris Whiting MP.

Local commuters using buses and the Redcliffe and Caboolture rail lines can soon use their smart phones and smart watches to pay for trips.

“go card has served South-East Queensland commuters well for the last decade, but we are now delivering a new payment system with more flexibility, increased accessibility and security,” said Chris Whiting.

“Having a more convenient payment system will also encourage more people to use public transport.

“Commuters will be able to set up an account via a new app or web platform and have the choice of several payment methods — including go card and paper tickets.

“They will also be able to use major contactless credit and bank cards without the need to set up an account.

“This is about embracing technologies that have become available since the go card launched in 2008.

“It took a Labor Government to modernise and integrate ticketing across South East Queensland, and the Palaszczuk Labor Government will now again transform the system by delivering this new ticketing solution,” said Chris Whiting.

Chris Whiting said the new system would be an Australian first, building on proven technology used by millions of people in London, Chicago and Vancouver.

Current go card operator Cubic will deliver the new system in 18 regional areas and the metropolitan south east.

The new system would also include additional encrypted bank grade security and privacy protection for commuters.

$2.5 Million Up for Grabs as Dignity First Fund Applications Open

Chris Whiting MP is calling on local community groups to put forward projects under the Dignity First Fund to help homeless people in our community.

Chris Whiting wants to see ideas for projects that will meet the immediate need of homeless Queenslanders, and to help them reconnect and engage with the community.

“The $2.5 million Dignity First Fund is designed to support practical projects that can make a difference in preventing or reducing homelessness, and assist people to live with dignity,” Mr Whiting said.

“Everyone deserves somewhere safe and secure to live, which is why we are 8 new apartments in Deception Bay, due to come online shortly,”

“There are many actions we can take to make being homeless a little less uncomfortable, and help people to develop social and community connections,” Mr Whiting said.

Chris Whiting said that he is keen to see applications that support the widest range of people.

The first two rounds of the Dignity First Fund have supported 53 projects across Queensland, including the Jack Reed Barbershop locally.

Other projects supported by the fund include mobile laundry and shower facilities, vending machines that provide free sanitary items and driver training programs.

Applications for the Dignity First Fund 2018 opened on 21 June and will close on 17 August.

For more information and to log an application visit www.how.qld.gov.au/DignityFirst

Submissions now open for wage theft inquiry

Deception Bay and North Lakes workers who have been victims of wage theft now have the chance to share their experiences with the Queensland parliamentary committee inquiry into wage theft.

The Parliamentary Committee has now invited submissions addressing any aspect of the terms of reference for the inquiry.

Chris Whiting MP, State Member for Bancroft said the inquiry had been set up to hear evidence on the extent and impact of wage theft of workers and their families, why it is happening and what can be done about it.

“When workers head off to work each day, they expect to return home safety and they expect to receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

“For too many workers, this is not the reality though.

“Barely a day goes by without a story of a worker being ripped off. We have all seen the high profile reported cases of 7 Eleven, Dominos, Pizza Hut and Caltex just to name a few.

“But this is only the tip of the iceberg – it’s fast becoming a national disgrace,” Mr Whiting said.

Chris Whiting said the inquiry wanted to shine a light on what is happening, why it is happening and what needs to be done whether at a state level or at a federal level where much of the responsibility lies.

“The Palaszczuk Government is concerned about Queensland workers – regardless of which jurisdiction they fall into.
“Given the Turnbull Government has refused to take action, Queensland will do all it can at a state level.

“I encourage local workers and all interested parties to participate in the Parliamentary Inquiry and make submissions for how we can stop this insidious practice.

“Members of the public also have the option of participating in an online survey (due 30 September 2018) – a good option for those workers who want to tell their wage theft story but do not feel comfortable making a formal, written submission.

“Of course, the Inquiry also wants to hear from the many law-abiding businesses who do the right thing by their workers, but find themselves undercut by those employers who are not playing by the rules,” he/she said.

Affected workers and other interested parties are encouraged to visit the inquiry website for more information:
https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/EESBC/inquiries/current-inquiries/Wagetheft

Closing date for written submissions is 4pm on 30 July 2018 and the Committee is due to report by 16 November 2018.

Swag of Business Support Programs for Local Small Businesses In Budget

Chris Whiting MP wants local businesses to take advantage of the new and continuing business support programs announced in the 2018-2019 State Budget from the Palaszczuk Government.

“I want local businesses to know how Labor is actively supporting small business in our communities,” said Chris Whiting.

“Small business provides most of our local jobs and small business is at core of communities in Deception Bay and North Lakes.

“We have more small home-based businesses and start-ups in North Lakes than anywhere else in the region, and I am always championing them.

“The first of the good news for small business in North Lakes and Deception Bay is that the EcoBiz program now has an extra $4 million allocated to it this Budget.

“This program provides help to small and medium business to lower their operating costs and lessen their environmental impact.

“It is a great program for helping small businesses reduce their water and electricity costs.

“More than 1,000 Queensland businesses have already got help thru EcoBiz and made electricity savings of 17% on average and water savings of about 14%.

“For those businesses in Deception Bay, North Lakes, Burpengary East and Rothwell looking to put on new people, I can tell you we will extend the 50% payroll tax rebate for apprentices and trainees.

“That is a real financial incentive that I hope will tip your decision to employ more young people.

“Also, if you have an idea you want to make a commercial reality, the Business Development Fund is there to help you.

“There is an extra $40 million in this fund over the next years to help develop your business.

“And Advance Queensland has a range of programs that offer all kinds of opportunities to innovative local businesses.

“That includes the Small Business Digital Access Grants which allocated a total of $16,000 recently to two North Lakes Businesses

“FlowBiz and Australian Nurserymen’s Fruit Improvement are two of the 220 Queensland small businesses who receive combined funding of more than $1 million under the program.

“Advance Qld is building up our entrepreneurs, helping small and medium businesses innovate and grow.

“We are investing an extra $123 million into Advance Qld this year – that is a total of about $650 million since the Palaszczuk Government was elected,” said Chris Whiting.

For more information on business support programs call the Bancroft Electorate Office on 3448-2100.

 

Local Homes To Shine In The 2018 My Home Awards

Local public housing tenants have a chance to make their homes and gardens shine in this this year’s My Home Awards.

The My Home Awards recognise the gardening skills of public housing tenants, whether they have a backyard, balcony, or a communal garden.

“The My Home Awards recognises the pride and time that public housing tenants take in caring for their gardens, and also aims to encourage tenants to participate in their local community,” Mr Whiting said.

“We want our best gardeners to show just how proud they are of their gardens and their houses, and show the rest of the community just what they can accomplish in Queensland Housing properties.

“This year’s awards features eight categories – House Garden, Edible/Bush Tucker Garden, Courtyard Garden, Balcony Garden, Water-wise Garden, New Gardener, Children’s Garden and Communal Garden.

“There is a category to suit every gardener, even if this is your first time planting a few flowers or vegies in your backyard, or pots on your balcony.
Entries close on Friday, 24 August, 2018, with judging to occur in September and October.

“I look forward to seeing the many gardens cultivated across the Bancroft electorate as spring blooms,” Mr Whiting said.

Prize winners will receive vouchers or hampers to the value of $80 for first prize, $50 for runner up and $30 for highly commended.

For more information about the 2018 My Home Awards, go to www.qld.gov.au/housing or visit your local Housing Service Centre. You can find contact details for your local Housing Service Centre by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Another Job Program On the Way for Deception Bay and North Lakes

The highly successful Back To Work program from the Palaszczuk Government will be extended to job seekers in the Deception Bay and North Lakes area as part of the 2018-2019 Queensland Budget

Chris Whiting MP said he was relying on the Skilling Queenslanders For Work and the $20.5 million Back To Work programs to open up new training and job opportunities in the community

“I have worked hard to deliver effective programs into our community to help local job seekers,” said Chris Whiting.

“I am putting a real focus on providing the social infrastructure we need in our area, such as education, jobs, skills and training programs.

“The Back To Work Program can help put hundreds of locals in Deception Bay and North Lakes into a job.

“Under Back To Work payments of up to $15,000 are available to eligible employers who hire a long term unemployed job seeker.

“Youth Boost Payments of up to $20,000 will be available for eligible employers who hire an eligible unemployed young jobseeker.

“That is someone aged between 15 and 24 and unemployed for four weeks or longer.

“What a great incentive to put on a young person, especially if you add it to the 50% payroll tax rebate for apprentices and trainees.

“Employers not eligible for a Back To Work payment can get a Work Start payment for hiring an apprentice or trainee from a Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.

“Back To Work was originally launched to help drive down unemployment in regional areas and it was hugely successful.

“It has helped more than 6,000 businesses employ more than 13,000 Queenslanders, including more than 3,000 apprentices and trainees.

“I lobbied with other local MPs Mark Ryan, Yvette D’Ath, Steven Miles and Shane King to get it extended to outer urban area as we need to reduce our unemployment rate.

“So from July 1 the Back to Work SEQ program will be available to job seekers in the Moreton Bay Regional Council area,” said Chris Whiting.

For more information go to qld.gov.au/backtowork or call 13 QGOV.

New Radios on the way for Deception Bay SES

Deception Bay SES will be one of the first SES units in Qld to get new and improved radios that will overcome black spots in the local area

The Deception Bay SES is one of the 79 units that will transition their radio communications to the Government Wireless Network (GWN) under a $15 million Palaszczuk Government Budget initiative

“We ask a lot of the SES in Deception Bay and they have always been first in when we have dealt with floods in our local community,” said Chris Whiting.

“And now they will have the strong and reliable radio communications they need to get the job done, instead of relying on the mobile phone network.

“Firefighters, police and paramedics are already using the GWN, which is a secure digital communication network that allows multiple agencies to operate on a single channel,”

“We’ve seen the benefits of GWN-equipped radios due to increased coverage and reduced communication black spots, and I’m pleased to see the SES in my electorate will begin using the network.

“This substantial investment means the SES will be able to fully integrate with other agencies during incidents, ensuring all of our fire and emergency services are operating from a single communication network.

“We ask a lot of our SES in times of need, so it is only right the Palaszczuk Government provides the support they need to keep Queenslanders safe,” Mr Whiting said.

Mr Whiting said the funding was included in Queensland Fire and Emergency Services’ (QFES) record $702 million 2018-19 budget.

SES groups from the border with New South Wales, out to Toowoomba and north to Gympie were due to transition to the GWN over the next two years.

Morris Road intersection upgrade: Labor Keeps Delivering Improvements to Deception Bay Road

There will be more improvements and upgrades to Deception Bay Road as a result of the Palaszczuk Government Budget delivered this week, said Chris Whiting MP.

The $6 million upgrade to the intersection with Morris Road at Rothwell will start with a $2.4 million allocation in the 2018-2019 Budget.

“The Morris Road intersection upgrade will connect to the works done as part of the $38.5 million Rothwell Intersection upgrade, which was also delivered by Labor,” said Chris Whiting.

“The upgrade will cater for the traffic that comes with the increased growth in the area, and the expanding retail facilities in Rothwell.

“And it will make getting to and from the Rothwell shops a lot easier!

“Let me point out – we did $6 million of work on Deception Bay Road in last term, compared to less than half a million spent under the LNP government.

 

“Add that to the Morris Road project, that is $12 million we will have spent on Deception Bay Road.

“And add to that is the $24 million we contributed to the Rothwell intersection at one end and the $30 million we have contributed to the highway overpass at the other end of Deception Bay Road.

“It is the clear that locals can only rely on Labor to deliver the infrastructure we need,” said Chris Whiting.

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