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.
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.
Tuesday’s State Budget committed $2.4 million to begin detailed plaining and preparatory works to widen the approaches at Rothwell Road Intersection.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Service and Member for Murrumba Steven Miles said the design would ease congestion in the area and open up the region for further development.
“The multi-million dollar design work for an upgrade of this intersection will lay the base for widening Morris Road and Deception Bay Road to three lanes,” Mr Miles said.
“This is going to be a $6 million project and demonstrates just how committed our Government is to busting congestion in Moreton Bay.”
Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting said the upgrades were part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to building new infrastructure for Queensland’s busiest regions.
“The Moreton Bay area is one of the State’s fastest growing regions and with that population boom comes some challenges,” Mr Whiting said.
“That’s why we’re tackling congestion head on and that’s why this upgrade is so critical for the further development of our region.”
“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.
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.
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
Queensland’s subbies can now look forward to the being paid on time, every time and in full after the Palaszczuk Government has commenced Project Building Accounts (PBAs) in the Qld construction industry.
PBAs are accounts where all subbie payments are to be held by the project manager, and are the first phase of the Palaszczuk Government’s reforms to Queensland’s $45 billion building and construction industry, Chris Whiting MP said.
“This industry employs about 22,000 Queenslanders, and for many sub-contractors getting paid has been a major and on-going concern,” said Chris Whiting.
“PBAs will protect progress payments to allow more timely payments to subbies, to help relieve financial pressure for them and their families,” Mr Whiting said.
PBAs are now mandatary for Government-funded building and construction projects worth between $1 million and $10 million.
Following implementation on government projects, PBA’s will be implemented on private sector projects worth more than $1 million.
The Palaszczuk Government has adopted a phased approach to our roll-out of reforms to assist in bringing about cultural change in the industry.
“The government will be holding further consultation with interested stakeholders regarding PBAs, and on developing future phases of our reform agenda for the industry,” Chris Whiting said.
More information about the government’s reform agenda can be obtained online, Google Queensland Building Plan. Up to date news and information is also available through Facebook and Twitter using the handle @BuildingforQld.
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.
Local communities can now get grants for small local projects, that make local roads safer, said Chris Whiting MP.
Community-based groups, schools and local governments can now apply for Round Six of the Queensland Government’s Community Road Safety Grants.
“If you get a Community Road Safety Grant, you can help make a real difference to the safety of pedestrians and road users,” Chris Whiting said.
“We need to do all we can to keep Queenslanders safe. Community-based projects run by community members are a great way to do this.
“Grants are valued up to $20,000 for short-term, small-scale road safety projects, such as road safety education programs,” said Chris Whiting.
Applications close 26 May 2017.
For more information on how to apply for a Community Road Safety Grant, go to www.tmr.qld.gov.au/roadsafetygrants
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.