Queenslanders can look forward to cleaner parks, beaches and public areas as the state has a Container Refund Scheme, and a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags rolling out for a start on 1 July 2018!
I was pleased to support Steven Miles, Minister for the Environment and Heritage Protection’s Waster Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill which introduced the container refund scheme and plastic shopping which was passed by Queensland Parliament in September.
Locals have made it clear to me that there is overwhelming support for both the refund scheme and the plastic bag ban.
These initiatives will help stem the scourge of plastic shopping bags, and put a price on drink containers, so that they get recycled.
I think that the best advocates for these reforms are Queensland school children. They have shown me how much they value our wildlife, especially marine creatures like turtles, dugongs and sea birds.
The container refund scheme will see most drink containers, between 150ml and 3L eligible for a .10c refund, although some containers will be exempt.
Bans on light-weight single use plastic bags are already in place in other parts of the country, including South Australia, Tasmania as well as the ACT and NT.
I am pleased to see that some retailers are already phasing out single-use bags ahead of the introduction of the ban on 1 July 2018.
The Palaszczuk Government will continue to work closely with drink manufacturers, retailers, local government, industry stakeholders and the community to ensure a smooth transition and operation of the container refund scheme and plastic ban ban.
If you would like to find out more about these initiatives please visit: http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/waste
Or contact my office on: 3448-2100 or email: mailto:Murrumba@parliament.qld.gov.au
I was proud to join with Shane King MP, Member for Kallangur and Acting Main Roads Minister, Steven Miles to celebrate the early completion of the new interchange. This is great news for local residents and businesses, as well as other drivers using the Bruce Highway.
This upgrade was one of the biggest road projects in our fast growing region.
Locals will benefit so much from this, and they have told me that they are impressed by how the team from Main Roads have delivered it so quickly.
The original two lane bridge had served our community for over 40 years, before it was demolished earlier this year. The new six lane bridge has transformed the area for the growing community by allowing traffic to move through the more quickly – benefitting commuters, cyclists, pedestrians and businesses.
The new interchange features longer on and off-ramps, to improve safety for cars entering and exiting the highway, as well as a separate shared user path to help pedestrians and cyclists safely navigate the interchange. All of these features will significantly improve safety, ease congestion and cater for traffic growth in years to come.
The project was jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments.
Community groups, schools, sports clubs and other non-government organisations can now apply for grants of up to $5,000 to help celebrate and recognise the abilities of Queenslanders with disability during Disability Action Week (10–16 September) and International Day of People with Disability (3 December).
Following the success of last year’s round, an increased share in $150,000 will again be available to the community to hold events and activities across the state.
Through this grants program, we aim to involve people from all parts of the community in breaking down barriers for people with disability to work, travel, socialise and participate in the community like other people.
Applications close on Wednesday 24 May. For more information on applying for grants, and the types of events to be funded in 2017, go to www.qld.gov.au/daw
This good news comes after years of campaigning by the school community.
The Palaszczuk Government will invest $5 million to build a new school hall at Bounty Boulevard State School as part of our $200 million Advancing Queensland Schools funding package.
The Bounty Boulevard school community have been calling for a new school hall for many years. Bounty Boulevard is now the largest Prep to Year 6 school in Queensland, and has lacked a fit-for-purpose venue to host assemblies, events and indoor sports.
I know how important this facility is and I am proud to have delivered for our community.
I want to congratulate the school leadership, the P&C and broader school community for their efforts to secure this funding.
I’m looking forward to seeing the difference this hall makes to education at Bounty Boulevard State School.
The project was expected to go to tender next month.
The Palaszczuk Government is determined to give every student in every school the best possible education.
That means delivering the teachers, curriculum and school facilities we need to give students the best chance at success.
This project will also create vital jobs for local tradies and more opportunities for apprentices and trainees.
Chris Whiting MP, Member for Murrumba this morning announced he will be contesting the seat of Bancroft at the next state election.
Bancroft will be composed of the communities in the northern end of the current electorate of Murrumba – Burpengary East, Deception Bay and North Lakes.
“I stand today, at the Bancroft Memorial in Deception Bay, to announce I will be the ALP candidate in the new seat of Bancroft
“I want to keep on representing the communities of Burpengary East, Deception Bay and North Lakes, as well as the parts of Rothwell, Kallangur, Narangba and Morayfield as the first member for Bancroft
“There is still much work to do in this community – we need to keep on building a better community
“Eighteen years ago I first starting knocking on doors in Deception Bay, asking them to vote for me to be their local councillor.
“We have come a long way together since 1999.
“As the first Labor candidate for Bancroft, I will once again bring my values to the job.
“A fair go for everyone – equality of opportunity – tolerance – acceptance – the dignity and sanctity of work – the absolute importance of education and training.
“This new seat needs a Labor member. Only Labor is dedicated to creating jobs and restoring services.
“Only Labor can provide stability for Queensland: we will not be distracted from our focus on jobs.
“Only Labor has delivered for this community
“That includes $32M in funding for new and refurbished local classrooms, 31 extra nurses at Redcliffe Hospital, the Rothwell roundabout – funded, the Boundary Road interchange – funded, and the Redcliffe Rail Line – delivered!
“It will be an honour to keep on serving all the residents of Murrumba – everyone, right up to the day of the election”, said Chris Whiting.
15,000 volunteers are needed to join the Commonwealth Games team to help make it a great experience for athletes, officials and spectators from 4 – 15 April 2018.
“This is a great, once in a life time opportunity for people here in the Murrumba electorate to get involved and share in the excitement and enthusiasm for the Games,” Mr Whiting said.
“The majority of volunteer roles are based on the Gold Coast however as an event city, Brisbane will host the cycling and shooting events.
“We know that the success of major events like the Commonwealth Games rely on the enthusiasm, friendliness and performance of volunteers.
“I want to encourage people to volunteer as this is a great way for us to put our best foot forward,” Mr Whiting said. Volunteers will be used in a variety of roles across 24 Games locations including venues, the Commonwealth Games Village and hotels.
- Applicants need to be available during the Games from 4 – 15 April 2018
- Be 16 years or over at the time of application
- Apply online via gc2018.com/volunteer from 9am (AEST), Monday 6 February
- The application process can take up to 30 minutes to complete
- Volunteers will receive a uniform, training and public transport during the Games
- Volunteers must have their own accommodation during the Games
- Volunteer shifts will be from 6 – 10 hours with meal breaks included
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
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
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.