Today I welcome the news that the Queensland State and Commonwealth Governments have awarded the tender for the Boundary Rd upgrade project.
This project will create 160 jobs over the life of the project, which is great news for our local economy.
The awarding of the tender means that things will start happening soon and motorists can expect to see lots of Hi-Viz vests and hard hats as well as clearing works.
The contract has been awarded to BMD Constructions.
It is great to see this awarded to BMD Constructions, a company that started in Queensland.
The upgrade is a joint project by the State and Federal Governments will cost $100.4 million. The Queensland State Government will manage the project and provide 20% of the funding, with the balance being funded by the Commonwealth.
Transport and Main Roads will be managing the project, so I will be able to update residents regularly as the project progresses.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt says the latest National Australia Bank index shows Queensland recording the highest business confidence in the nation for eight months in a row.
“The latest survey again reflects the positive results of our Economic Plan that has delivered 71,700 extra jobs across the state in the past year; a jobless rate at a two-year low, and a growing economy,” Mr Pitt said.
The NAB business confidence index for February showed:
- Queensland again leading with a rating of 7 on a trend basis, followed by Tasmania (5) and NSW (4). The national rating was 3.
- Queensland was the only state where there was an improvement in business conditions on a trend basis — up 7 points to 8 points to be the equal second mainland state with Victoria.“In the Palaszczuk Government’s first year our pro-jobs Economic Plan and cooperative and consultative approach has helped rebuild business confidence levels that slumped under the ‘slash-and-burn’ approach of the former LNP government.“Initiatives such as our Market-Led Proposals have been welcomed by business and industry as a way to harness private sector ideas and investment for new infrastructure or services.“We have also introduced our $40 million Business Development Fund through Advance Queensland to partner with the private sector and help turn bright business ideas into commercial reality.“That was true last month and it’s true again today. We have led the NAB index on business confidence for eight months in a row.“They and their colleagues are in their fourth year of talking down our state in a bid to convince Queenslanders to accept the LNP’s one-point plan — asset sales,” he said.
- “Yet the LNP in Queensland deliberately ignore the facts. Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg and Shadow Treasurer John-Paul Langbroek take every opportunity to talk down Queensland.
- “Our approach has rebuilt business confidence across our state. Yet the state LNP continues its campaign of relentless and destructive negativity, even though Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has cited last month’s NAB survey to declare: ‘Business confidence is highest in Queensland….’.
- “We have already seen two major projects advance to the detailed assessment stage under our MLP initiative — the $450 million Logan Motorway Enhancement project and the proposed $100 million Brisbane Cruise Ship Terminal. There are more than 30 MLP proposals in the initial assessment stage.
- “In just a year we have delivered a Budget surplus, created jobs, restored confidence, and outlined $10.1 billion in infrastructure spending for this year — all without the need for asset sales.
- “Since last year’s State Budget, Queensland businesses have consistently been the most optimistic of any mainland State in Australia,” Mr Pitt said.
Today I welcome a state government partnership which offers a free year of playgroup for our youngest Queenslanders.
From 1 July 2016, parents simply need to register before their child’s first birthday to receive a free 12 month membership with Playgroup Queensland.
“This membership offer allows families access to Playgroup Queensland-affiliated playgroups,”
“Playgroups offer a wide variety of quality experiences that support young children’s learning and development through play.
“I encourage Murrumba’s parents to take advantage of this great opportunity to have their children engaged in social activities from the earliest possible age and to build their own networks with other parents of babies and young children.”
Education Minister Kate Jones said a child’s early learning experiences were crucial to their long term development.
“We know children need loving relationships and a stimulating environment to thrive,” Ms Jones said.
“The state government’s five-year partnership with peak body Playgroup Queensland means our youngest Queenslanders can now reap the lifelong benefits playgroups provide.”
Ms Jones said the move was part of the government’s commitment to create opportunities for all children to access quality early years experiences, regardless of their circumstances or where they live.
Parents can find local playgroups online at www.playgroupqueensland.com.au/find-a-playgroup-in-queensland/
Hello and Welcome to my new website!
It has taken a bit longer than expected to get it up and running, but it is looking great and I am looking forward to it growing and evolving to provide a valuable resource to the people of Murrumba.
It is hard to believe that it has been over 12 months since the State Election. I am still proud to represent the communities of Murrumba in the Queensland Parliament as part of the Palaszczuk Government.
The past 12 months have been busy. I have taken as many opportunities as I can to be out and about meeting with as many people as I can. I love visiting the great schools we have, working with the many wonderful community groups and acknowledging the hard work that volunteers do right across Murrumba.
One of the best things of the past year has been seeing the amazing progress being made on the Moreton Bay Rail Link. The past 12 months has seen the tracks laid down, stations completed, and most recently the electrification of the wires (so keep clear of the rail corridor!).
Recently community groups in North Lakes and Deception Bay won funding totalling more than $95,000 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund’s latest round of grants.
The winning organisations were the North Lakes Mustang’s Soccer Club, Riding for the Disabled Association – Deception Bay and North Lakes State College P&C.
The Mustangs will use their funding to upgrade the lighting at their facility. Riding for the Disabled in Deception Bay will install and arena and day yard fencing. North Lakes State College P&C will use the grant to upgrade the deck and the roof of the toilet block.
I was thrilled to be able to call up each of these groups to let them know about their successful grant applications and I look forward to being able to make this call to many other community groups in the future.
To anyone in our local area it has been clear for a long time that the bridge over the Bruce Hwy on Bounday Rd has not been up to the task. During the campaign and since getting in to government I have been lobbying for an upgrade of the bridge.
I was thrilled to recently be able to announce, along with Shane King MP – Member for Kallangur, that along with our partners in the Federal Government we have been able to secure funding to get a new 6 lane bridge constructed on Boundary Rd.
These funds will see a new six-lane bridge constructed, with 4 through lanes for Boundary Rd traffic and dedicated left-slip lanes to provide free flowing access to the Bruce Hwy on-ramps, meeting the needs of motorists in this rapidly growing area.
The project will create 160 jobs for workers during the life of the project. Funding has been secured in an 80-20 split between the Federal and State governments, with the Federal Government committing $84 million and the Queensland State government making up the remaining $21 million.
This upgrade will be funded without the need to sell our assets, unlike the proposal made by the previous government, during the election campaign.
Since being elected at the end of January, it has been my pleasure to have had 3 briefings from the Moreton Bay Rail Link team. I have been able to inspect parts of the line and several of the stations, including the new bus/rail interchange at Mango Hill to see the progress first hand.
The rail line will transform this area, and change the way people commute into Brisbane for either work, or pleasure. It will cut commuting times for workers, with a full 6 carriage train removing 600 cars off our roads and highways. It will also enable easier, more convenient access for those who want to head in to catch a game, a concert, and shop or visit the Cultural Centre.
Track is currently being laid across the 14km line, and it recently crossed the Bruce Highway and through Mango Hill Station. Construction of the 22 bridges across the project are all either underway or complete. Work on the more than 2,800 carparks over the 6 new stations will begin shortly.
The long-awaited rail line is on track for an on-time arrival mid next year, more than 100 years after the idea was first considered. It took State and Federal Labor governments working together with the Moreton Bay Regional Council to bring this essential piece of infrastructure to our region.