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.
Mr WHITING (Murrumba—ALP) (10.12 pm): I want to begin by paying tribute to the member for Bundaberg. I do not think you could find anyone with a better heart. This woman has the courage of a lion. I am proud to call her my friend and Bundaberg should be proud that she is their member.
I am going to talk about the great economic news that is happening in our state, and that is something that the other side cannot argue with. I want to talk about some great economic news from the electorate of Murrumba. We have heard today how the economic conditions in Queensland have continued to improve under Labor, with economic growth up 1.2 per cent in real terms in the June quarter. This makes it 3.8 per cent higher this year, as we have heard the Treasurer say. It cannot be denied that we have recorded the strongest economic growth in four years. Our gross state product increased 3.2 per cent in 2015-16, up from 0.8 per cent growth the previous year. That is four times the growth rate under the failed former treasurer Tim Nicholls. Household consumption has risen 2.4 per cent, as we heard the Treasurer say, in 2015-16, and that shows that confidence amongst Queenslanders is growing. They are going to ignore the circus they are conducting over on the other side because they know what is happening out there.
We can see that that strong sentiment and strong growth is reflected in the local economy in North Lakes. The most spectacular example of this growing confidence is the massive expansion of Westfield North Lakes and the arrival of the new Ikea. The new $170 million Westfield project was commenced last year after the completion of the $80 million first stage. The new Ikea and Westfield will create 4,700 jobs in construction and a further 900 in retail upon completion. The North Lakes Sports Club is a $25 million project that will generate 100 construction jobs and 120 hospitality jobs when complete, and stage 2 of the $75 million Primewest North Lakes development is expected to be completed later this year. There is glowing economic news coming out of our area. Business is booming in Murrumba and it is booming in North Lakes. That is something that the other side cannot run down. They cannot call this state the Spain of Australia anymore. There is also the Boutique Hotel at Lake Eden, which is a $3.8 million construction. All of this shows that there is growing consumer confidence amongst my residents despite this mob opposite, who are trying to run down our economy just to prove a political point.
Local sporting groups will get a big boost through a new program from the Palaszczuk Government that will deliver funds for the master planning of sport and recreation precincts in Murrumba.
The Sports and Recreation Planning Program will allocate grants of up to $100,000 to local governments and peak sporting bodies to develop new and improved planning documents for sports precincts.
“In such a fast growing area, Council and state sporting bodies need better planning so as we have enough playing fields in the right places for the right sports.
“These funds will help them master plan these precincts so we can get them happening faster.
“This program complements the Get Playing Places and Spaces and Get Playing Plus programs, which deliver the funding to build the fields and clubhouses.
“This funding will be great for so many new sporting projects in the area.
It would be welcome to see it used to deliver new sporting fields at Griffin, Morris Road at Rothwell, and perhaps a new synthetic athletics track at Zammit Oval in Deception Bay.
“We’re looking to get a synthetic track at Zammit Oval and this grant program can really help us,” said Deception Bay Little Athletics coach Adam White.
“If this program helps us get the new track on the table, we’re all for it,” said Adam
The Planning Program opened on 10 November and proposals are due by 30 January 2017. See www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/grtants-funding for more details.
The draft South East Queensland Regional Plan (SEQRP), released recently, unveils a 50 year vision for the South East, with a focus on community, affordable living, future jobs and maximising existing infrastructure.
Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath said the plan, formed through extensive consultation with the region’s 12 councils, industry and the community, will deliver a sustainable future.
“The population of South East Queensland is expected to grow to over 5.3 million people in the next 25 years and the draft SEQRP is all about catering for this growth sustainably,” Ms D’Ath said.
“The Moreton Bay region alone is expected to grow to 655,000 people, with thousands of additional people wanting to make our great community their home.
“We know that these new residents will need great places to live, work and raise their families.
“With this is mind the plan focuses on affordable living – not just affordable housing – and looks at the way that people interact with their community and the services around them.
“Having been informed by extensive community consultation the draft SEQRP also recognises the importance of preserving the things that people love about living here in Moreton Bay including our beautiful natural environment, diverse culture and relaxed way of life.
Member for Murrumba Chris Whiting said that the new plan got the balance right between sustainability and growing jobs.
“Importantly, inter-urban breaks are maintained and protected between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Whiting said.
“The draft SEQRP highlights the importance of development in well-serviced areas that are convenient to employment and emphasises the role of public and active transport.
“The draft SEQRP will drive employment growth through an economic blueprint which identifies areas where our emerging knowledge and innovation industries can thrive while also acknowledging our existing strengths in tourism, agriculture and construction.”
“We want the SEQRP to be shaped by South East Queenslanders and I encourage the community to have their say during upcoming consultation sessions across the region or online.”
Residents across South East Queensland are being called on to have their say on the draft plan with extended public consultation open until 3 March 2017.
There will be 22 community events where residents can talk to a planner during November and December in each of the 12 council areas.
Residents in the electorates of Redcliffe or Murrumba can come and speak with a planner at:
|Moreton Bay||Saturday 26 November||10 am – 1 pm||Caboolture Hub||4 Hasking St, Caboolture|
For more information on the draft SEQRP, the public consultation and the community events: www.qld.gov.au/shapingseq
Calling all local boat owners! Come to the Boatie BBQ Forum on Saturday 15 October to hear about boating safety, local marine facilities and pollution reduction in our waterways.
The BBQ forum will be held at the Caboolture River Fishing and Boating Club at 514 Uhlmann Road Burpengary and is expected to bring in lots of keen anglers and recreational boaties.
“I want to use the Boatie BBQ Forum to push for better boating facilities in the area,” said Chris Whiting MP.
“It’s a great opportunity for local boaties to talk to government departments. It’s not often we have them all in one place.
“And you will have an opportunity to get your boat checked for free,” said Chris Whiting.
Representatives from Maritime Safety Queensland, National Marine Parks, Brisbane Water Police, Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Deception Bay SES will all be in attendance.
The community will be able to discuss any issues they might have on new regulations surrounding boating safety and pollution responsibilities.
The BBQ forum follows on from the Palaszczuk Governments commitment to boaties in this year’s budget with an additional $30 million allocated to the Marine Infrastructure Fund over two years.
One piece of infrastructure already in the process is a new floating walkway on the eastern (downstream) side of Dohles Rocks Road boat ramp. It will provide shelter to the ramp and also an improved access when launching and retrieving boats.
“I am very pleased that the Palaszczuk Government is committed to seeing boating cities have great facilities that the locals can enjoy, especially for our boating community,” Mr Whiting said.
Murrumba electorate schools are sharing in $1.2 million for improvements to classrooms and other facilities as they benefit from the Palaszczuk Government’s record investment in school maintenance.
All local schools are benefiting from our state-wide $667 million school infrastructure program. This will help our state schools stay on top of their maintenance needs and ensure students have access to quality education facilities.
Education is a priority for me, and I want our state school students to have the best possible classrooms to make the most of their education.
Local maintenance projects include:
$300,000 for Deception Bay State High School – to refurbish the Home Economics Block
$200,000 for Deception Bay State School for classroom refurbishments.
Schools in Mango Hill and North Lakes will share more than $335,000, with Moreton Downs and Hercules Road State Schools, in Deception Bay and Rothwell benefiting from over $134,000 in funding.
To ensure that classes are not disrupted most of the work will be carried out over school holiday periods.
Each year Principals and Condition Assessors work together to prioritise maintenance projects for local schools. Our school maintenance is not only building better schools across Murrumba and Queensland but also providing valuable jobs for tradies and training opportunities for apprentices.
At least 10% of all maintenance work carried out on state schools will be done by apprentices, ensuring we continue to develop skills locally.
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.