Local Development

Grants for local business to go digital

Local small businesses wanting to boost their digital and online presence can now apply for funding of up to $10,000 under the latest round of Small Business Digital Grants.

Small businesses in North Lakes and Deception Bay can use this funding to enhance their digital and online operations, said Chris Whiting MP

“The grants of up to $10,000 will help business owners to work smarter and make the most of online opportunities,” said Chris Whiting

“Some businesses are using the funding to redevelop their websites and boost their social media presence.

“It opens up opportunities for businesses to sell their goods to a broader market online, through social media and websites.

“Since our Advancing Small Business strategy began more than $8.2 million has been provide in grants to over 1,500 small businesses in Queensland.

“Recipients of these grants reported that they expect to take on 2,995 new employees,” said Chris.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said that by investing in Queensland’s small businesses we will grow the economy which will lead to more local jobs.

“The Palaszczuk Government has invested $4.9 million to support almost 1,000 small businesses under this successful program,” said Minister Fentiman.

“Empowering small businesses to be digitally savvy is a key driver of the Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016-20 to strengthen small business and help them to keep up in our fast growing economy,” said Minister Fentiman.

To be eligible for funding, small businesses must have fewer than 20 employees, have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST, have a turnover of $2 million or less in the last financial year and be based in Queensland.



Applications close on 5 October 2018. For more information including application forms, guidelines, terms and conditions, visit www.business.qld.gov.au/digital.

Bruce Gets $12 million Facelift

The Palaszczuk Government investment in the Bruce Highway continues with a 15km resurfacing project between the Pine River Bridge and the Sunshine Coast.

The resurfacing project is a result of the hard work done by local Labor members

“This upgrade will mean a safer commute for locals and travellers heading to the Sunshine Coast,” said Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting.

“Commuters from North Lakes and Deception Bay travelling to Brisbane know we need improvements in the Murrumba Downs stretch of the highway.

“Works will be conducted at night from Sunday to Thursday to help minimise delays for motorists.

“The Moreton Bay region is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia and the Palaszczuk Government is committed to maintaining safer roads to cater for the growth.

“Work on this $12 million upgrade has already begun and will be completed progressively over the rest of the financial year,” said Chris Whiting.

Roadworks can add time to your journey, plan ahead and visit the QLDTraffic website for up-to-date information: www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au

Odour and planning issues on agenda of reference group meeting

Odour reduction measures and planning scheme issues were the two main topics covered in a recent meeting of a local community based reference group, said Chris Whiting MP.

The Narangba Innovation Precinct Reference Group met on Friday 29 June to exchange reports on what has been happening in this vital economic precinct based on Boundary Road and Potassium Street, Narangba.

“This is a committee of residents, businesses, State Government and local government representatives that sorts through any problems that might arise on the Narangba Innovation Precinct,” said Chris Whiting.

“We have been sorting out problems for about 20 years, and we keep on solving issues that keep popping up.

“This time we heard about recent innovations that reduce odour for residents, and we heard from businesses about ongoing concerns on planning scheme matters.


“Firstly, resident representatives thanked businesses for investing in equipment that dramatically reduces odours experienced by local residents.

“Queensland Organics recently enclosed their fertiliser plant and installed ducting that pumps fumes through an organic mulch bed.

“We heard from business representatives that Ridley AgriProducts have recently upgraded their odour treatment facilities as well,” said Chris Whiting.

Chris Whiting and local residents’ representative Spence Grubb said improvements such as these made a real difference since last month when some of these new investments have come online.

Secondly, the Reference Group meeting heard from local business representatives about “a lot of angst” amongst businesses on the Innovation Precinct about local rezoning changes by the Council.

Business representatives said the zoning change from what was called “hazardous” or “hard to locate” industry to General Industry gives new residents “a different impression” about the types of business that are located and can be located on the Precinct.

Business representative also reported a level of concern about new housing in the North Lakes area moving closer to Boundary Road.

Chris Whiting was questioned by group members about State planning policies designed to keep a development buffer around the Innovation Precinct.

Chris said he would liaise with the Minister for Planning about the enforcement of planning regulations surrounding the Precinct.

He also urged businesses to keep talking to Moreton Bay Regional Council about their concerns over planning scheme changes.

“We will hold the next meeting of the Reference Group in September, and any local business or resident that wants to make a contribution can contact our office,” said Chris Whiting.


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.

Major Rothwell Road Upgrade

 North-siders who travel through Rothwell will soon get home quicker thanks to a major intersection upgrade by the Palaszczuk Government.

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.”

Help is on the way! MP hands over new Ambulance Vehicle

Chris Whiting MP, Member for Bancroft this week handed over the keys to a new vehicle at the North Lakes Ambulance station.

“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.

Hall Yes! Curtain raised on Bounty Boulevard State School Hall

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.

Sun Shines Bright on Bancroft’s Solar Schools

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

Securing Payments for Subbies

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.

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