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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.

Brisbane Airport Community Giving Fund

On 1 September the Brisbane Airport Community Giving Fund will once again be seeking applications from eligible community groups, organisations, individuals and schools. Applications for this round close at 5pm on Sunday 30 September 2018.

The Fund has been established to provide much needed financial assistance to community groups and is part of Brisbane Airport Corporation’s ongoing commitment to supporting and engaging with the local community. It is focused on the categories of health and wellbeing, safety, sport, education or other community benefit initiatives.

To be eligible for consideration in the upcoming round, applications for a Community Giving Fund grant must fit into one of two categories:

  1. The Giving Fund – cash grants to community groups providing health and wellbeing, safety, sport, education, environment or other community benefit initiatives.
  2. Lunch and Learn – opportunity for students or young entrepreneurs to spend time with a leader in the aviation industry. This category does not include cash grants, but rather provides an opportunity to learn.

I would encourage community organisations in the Bancroft electorate to apply for this funding.

Application details and full terms and conditions can be found at www.bne.com.au/givingfund. 

Community Road Safety Grants to benefit Moreton Downs State School P & C

 

Road safety in the Bancroft electorate will be boosted thanks to the rollout of the 2018 Community Road Safety Grants.

More than $708,000 will be shared between 49 Queensland schools, community groups and not-for-profit organisations to improve road safety in their local areas in the next three years.

The 2018 Community Road Safety Grants round had two funding streams: for one-off projects and also for three-year programs, to cater for longer-term youth road safety education and learner mentor driver programs

The Palaszczuk Government is also funding a further $4.2 million worth of Community Road Safety Grants over the next three years.

In the Bancroft electorate, the Moreton Downs State School will receive a grant to assist Road Safety & Bycyle Education program.

Member for Bancroft said the grants were a great example of the Palaszczuk Government working with community-based groups on the important and life-saving issue of road safety.

“We all have a role to play in keeping our roads safe, and the successful recipients of the Community Road Safety Grants 2018 funding round are to be commended for their efforts and continued interest in road safety,” he said.

Chris Whiting Member for Bancroft said the grants program helped local organisations address issues at a grassroots level through the development of education activities, road safety projects and other community-based programs.

“I would like to congratulate the successful Community Road Safety Grants 2018 applicants in our local area, who will now have an opportunity to bring their ideas to fruition,” Mr Whiting said.

“No one knows their local community better than the people who live there, and the Queensland Government is pleased to support schools and organisations to address local road safety issues.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, and when we work together we all reap the benefits.”

Other initiatives to be implemented through the Community Road Safety Grants 2018 funding round across the state include:

  • BRAKE youth road safety education program to seven schools across all regions of Queensland
  • delivery of childhood road safety education and awareness across 9 kindergartens and primary schools
  • delivery of the RYDA youth road safety education program for year 11 by the Rotary Club of Caboolture
  • delivery of bicycle and scooter road safety education and awareness sessions to 23 kindergartens and schools across the state
  • PCYC Bowen for the delivery of their Braking the Cycle learner driver mentor program. More information and a full list of grant recipients will be shortly available at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/roadsafetygrants

Deception Bay locals ready for jobs (and getting them)

Deception Bay locals are gaining jobs in conservation, land management and hospitality as a result of two more jobs and employment projects funded by the Palaszczuk Government.

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said Deception Bay Community Youth Programs (DBCYP) had delivered The Green Project and Get Set for Work Deception Bay thanks to $688,800 from the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

“These projects offered participants a range of support to prepare for new employment opportunities, including earning a Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management or a Certificate II in Hospitality,” Minister Fentiman said.

“Working with a community organisation and earning a nationally recognised qualification means each participant can build their understanding and skills in a friendly environment that also addresses any other barriers they are facing.”

Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting attended the graduation for the two projects on behalf of Minister Fentiman.

“Get Set For Work is changing lives in our community by directly getting local people into work after they finish training,” Chris Whiting said.

“One participant is working with a local cabinetmaker and I talked to a young man who has a job interview tomorrow.

There are real long-term benefits that come from assisting young people towards joining the workforce, because they can secure their own futures and contribute more to the wider community.”

DBCYP Employer Relationships Manager Donna Conroy said both projects offered tailored support to each participant.

“Earlier this month participants form The Green Project showed off the skills they learnt by designing and building two display gardens—one Japanese inspired and one Aboriginal—at the Redcliffe Garden and Lifestyle Expo. These participants also regenerated other sites including Kumbartcho Sanctuary,” Ms Conroy said.

“While these two projects wrap up now, we have four more Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects kicking off soon, including a new Green Project, thanks to $1,656,600 from the latest funding round. These are aiming to assist a further 172 people.”

Skilling Queenslanders for Work funds skills development, training and job opportunities for unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of targeted skills and training programs. Seventy-three per cent of participants found work, took on further training or returned around 12 months after exiting a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project.

Applications to deliver projects through Skilling Queenslanders for Work’s second funding round for 2018–19 are open now until 5pm Thursday 27 September. For further information visit www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw or call 1300 369 935.

Sunshine Coast Officers and Staff recognised at awards ceremony

Mr Chris Whiting MP, Member for Bancroft, Assistant Commissioner Clem O’Regan and Superintendent Darryl Johnson congratulated officers and staff from the Sunshine Coast District who received medals, certificates and awards at a ceremony held at the Lake Kawana Community Centre today.

The ceremony saw 85 officers, staff members and community members recognised for their outstanding commitment to serve the Queensland community.

Assistant Commissioner O’Regan presented the Queensland Police Bravery Medal to five officers and two staff members for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.

Senior Constable Wesley Hopper and Mr Daniel MacFarlane were recognised for their bravery for saving a male who was observed to be struggling in water in Caloundra. The incident occurred in November 2015 and due to this act of bravery the male person survived.

Sergeant Gordon Holmes, Senior Constable Adam Tickner, Senior Constable Peter Low, Senior Constable Michael Grigalius and Mr Peter Steer were acknowledged for their bravery in an incident that occurred in November 2014 involving an armed offender.

Due to their brave actions, the offender was taken into custody without harming other members of the community or himself.

The Member for Bancroft, Chris Whiting, said today’s recipients displayed a level of dedication to duty that gives the Queensland public continued confidence in their police service.

“All recipients displayed a proven range of skills that highlight their courage and boundless dedication to public service.”

“I know they will continue to work in a professional, responsive, and ethical way to ensure the safety and quality of life of the people of Queensland for years to come,” the Member for Bancroft said.

Superintendent Johnson said it is truly a privilege to have our police and members of the public acknowledged for their bravery and commitment to our community.

Mr Whiting presented the national awards to officers, including the presentation of the National Medal and the National Police Service Medal.

The National Medal recognises 15 years of diligent service by members of Australian police forces, defence forces, and members of the ambulance and fire services. Clasps to the National Medal are awarded for a further period of 10 years’ service.

15 police officers were presented with the National Police Service Medal which acknowledges past and future commitment to ethical and diligent service. An additional four officers were awarded with the National Medal 1st Clasp for 25 years of service and three officers received the 2nd Clasp for 35 years of service.

The Queensland Police Service Medal was awarded to 15 officers and four staff members. This award is approved by the Commissioner in recognition of diligent and ethical service by QPS employees after 10 years of full-time qualifying service.

An additional 29 officers and three staff members were awarded Queensland Police Service Medal Clasps. Of note Senior Sergeant Thomas Carroll, Senior Sergeant Richard Dodds and Karin Burgess received their 30 Year Clasp, Sergeant Bradley Wilson received the 35 Year Clasp and retired Sergeant Dell Fisher received the 40 Year Clasp.

Receiving the Queensland Women in Policing Award – Champion of Change was Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards. This award identifies and acknowledges the achievements of members of the Queensland Police Service who have contributed in improving the standing of women in the service.

Sergeant Cassandra Pukallus and Sergeant Mark Wright were awarded the Commissioner’s Certificate for their planning and delivery of the 2016 Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games.

The following officers also received certificates; Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards, Detective Senior Constables Christopher Eaton and Craig Mansfield were awarded the Assistant Commissioner Operational Certificate and Senior Constable Angus Green received the Superintendent Certificate.

Also acknowledged was Mr Karl Dubar, Ms Patricia Comerford and Mr Robert Cook, who were awarded the Commissioner of Police Certificate of Appreciation.
Assistant Commissioner O’Regan said all award recipients exhibited professionalism and a strong commitment to the community.

“The recipients who received awards today are a reflection of the high calibre of QPS members,” Assistant Commissioner O’Regan said.

“They are a credit to the Queensland Police Service, to the community they serve, and to their family and friends.”

An Appy Way to the Cheapest Fuel

A Palaszczuk Government initiative means Queenslanders can see every fuel price changes at every service station on their smartphones within 30 minutes of a price change at the bowser.

The two-year trial will see fuel prices published on existing smartphone apps and websites such as Motormouth, GasBuddy, PetrolSpy, RACQ and Compare the Market.

“We will kick off a two year fuel price reporting trial in December so Queensland motorists will find the cheapest fuel in town,” said Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting.

“All motorist need to do is download these apps or websites onto their smartphones.

“Retailers will have three months’ grace to make sure they are involved in the new scheme.

“By the Easter holidays, offenders will face fines if they do not report their fuel prices accurately and on time.

“The trial comes on top of the ‘what you see is what you pay’ laws that require retailers to display full prices on their fuel boards,” said Chris Whiting

Chris Whiting said the system would have in-built safeguards against inaccurate or misleading pricing and not inflict unnecessary red tape.

The Palaszczuk Government will evaluate the trial’s performance in 2020.

$2.3 Million to help North Lakes businesses grow

North Lakes businesses can now get access to a new $2.3 million business fund to help them grow and create new jobs, Chris Whiting MP said today.

The Business Growth Fund will provide targeted assistance for businesses to purchase specialised equipment, or access professional advice, said Chris Whiting.

“I want small and medium sized businesses to have a look at applying to this program as they will be eligible to apply for grants of up to $50,000,” said Chris Whiting.

“I know that many North Lakes small businesses take risks when they expand and I want more small businesses to expand with the help of expert advice and support,” Mr Whiting said.

The Palaszczuk Government, has worked with business and industry to create over 152,400 new jobs in Queensland since the January 2015 election.

“I know that small businesses are the engine room of the diverse North Lakes and Queensland economy, and I am determined to help them invest to grow their business, jobs and our local economy.” Mr Whiting said.

Applications will open on 28 March 2018 and applicants will go through a 2 stage assessment process, including a Shark Tank-style pitch during which they’ll have to put their plans to a panel of business experts.

The Business Growth Fund is open to businesses with fewer than 50 employees and a minimum turnover of $500,000 can apply for the funding and must be able to make a contribution of between 25 per cent and 50 per cent.

Applications for the Business Growth Fund will open this month.

For more information visit: www.business.qld.gov.au/growthfund

Boats, Batons & Bunnies

Good Friday in the North Lakes and Deception Bay Area will be one to remember this year as the region will host both the Queen’s Baton Relay and the Redcliffe Festival of Sails, said Chris Whiting MP.

The Queens’s Baton Relay will be moving along Redcliffe Parade between 8.30 and 9am, followed by a community celebration at Suttons Beach, with the Easter Bunny himself dropping in for an appearance, finally the passing by of the Brisbane to Gladstone yachts from about 11.30am.

“It is something that should not be missed and I encourage locals to line the streets to cheer on our local baton bearers, and then watch the Brisbane to Gladstone yachts go by,” Chris Whiting said.

“Hosting the Queen’s Baton Relay will shine an international spotlight on the Moreton Bay Regional Council area and some of our greatest achievers as they carry the baton.

“Baton bearers have been selected from all walks of life from volunteers to well-known athletes,” Chris Whiting said.

Chris Whiting said the Queen’s Baton Relay celebrated the spirt of the games and would take a 100-day journey across the nation in the lead-up to the Games.

“The Baton will travel along the longest and most accessible route ever and it’s a great opportunity for all Queenslanders to get involved in the biggest event our state has ever hosted.”

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held from 4 to 15 April.

Details around the exact route being travelled by baton bearers are at gc2018.com/qbr

State Schools are great schools – 2018 Showcase Award Nominations now open.

Chris Whiting MP wants our “great local schools” to nominate for the 2018 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools.

Chris Whiting said a local school would get a part of the $619,000 funding pool if successful in one of the 11 categories for the prestigious awards.

“The Showcase Awards are an annual celebration of all that is great about state schooling,” said Chris Whiting

“The new stand-alone Indigenous Education category allows us to highlight the positive steps our schools are taking to improve Indigenous education outcomes.

“I’m sure this year’s award entries will also highlight many of the creative ways schools and school communities are using digital and virtual learning techniques to enhance education outcomes.”

Chris Whiting urged all state schools to celebrate their achievements by nominating for an award.

“The awards celebrate excellent teaching practices from the earliest years through to senior level, recognising improvement plans and progress and encourage a culture of learning and sharing among our schools,” Chris said.

Nominations will close on 18 May 2018.

Regional award winners and commendations will be announced in June, state finalists in July and the state award winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Brisbane on World Teachers’ Day on 26 October 2018.

More information and submission guidelines are available at www.education.qld.gov.au/showcase

Rebates Available Now on Energy Efficient Appliances

The new Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate scheme is now open for local residents to get money back when they purchase new energy efficient washing machines, fridges and air conditioners.

This $20 million scheme offers eligible households a rebate of $200 for a 4 star rated washing machine, $250 for a 4 star rated fridge, $300 for a 4 star rated air conditioner.

“This bill-busting rebate scheme from the Palaszczuk Government is now available to Queensland residents and will help lower the cost of living for Queensland families,” Chris Whiting said.

“I want to see this rebate taken up by as many eligible local families as possible.
“You can complete the application form online at: www.qld.gov.au/appliancerebate.
“If households do not have internet access, they can telephone the call centre on 13 43 87 and an officer will complete an application on their behalf.
“Households have 30 days from the date of purchase to submit their application in full.
“If you have purchased your appliance on or after 1 January 2018, prior to applications opening on 19 February 2018, you will need to apply by 20 March 2018 to get your rebate.
“The rebate is not means tested but I encourage everyone to check their eligibility at www.dews.qld.gov.au ,” said Chris Whiting.

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