Advance Queensland to ignite local business ideas

Queensland start-ups and small businesses can apply for up to $250,000 funding to advance their innovative products and services under the Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas fund.

The Ignite Ideas fund had supported more than 270 Queensland businesses to date, through $26.5 million and three rounds of Ignite Ideas funding.

Through four rounds of funding the Ignite Ideas program has supported hundreds of Queensland companies, and created more than 1,000 jobs.

Ignite Ideas funding has supported applicants tourism, agriculture, advanced manufacturing, engineering, renewable energy, information technology, virtual reality, safety and construction sectors.

Through this Advance Queensland program, the Queensland Government is providing innovative businesses with opportunities to take their ready-to-market idea to the next level.

I’m encouraging small businesses and innovators in Bancroft to apply for Round 5 of this program.

Projects are assessed on their ability to commercialise innovative products and demonstrate job creation and a positive impact for our regional economy.

Innovation Minister Kate Jones has said that the Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas program targets businesses with fewer than 200 staff that have a suitable working prototype that is ready to be turned into commercial reality.

Advance Queensland is the Palaszczuk Government’s $518 million initiative to diversify Queensland’s economy, create the jobs of the future and build Queensland’s reputation as a global innovation and investment destination.

More information on the program is available on the Advance Queensland website https://advance.qld.gov.au/entrepreneurs-startups/ignite-ideas-fund.aspx.

 

Power Bill Concessions

Local pensioners, seniors and veterans can get a share of the range of energy rebates and concessions provided by the Palaszczuk Government.

The Palaszczuk Government is investing $212 million this financial year to provide energy rebates and concessions, including the $340 electricity rebate to eligible pensioners, seniors and veterans.

We have worked hard as a government to be able to provide a comprehensive and fair system of energy rebates.

In 2017 the Palaszczuk Government expanded eligibility for the electricity rebate to include Health Card Holders for the first time.

This means that for the first time people in our community who are looking for work, on a disability pension and low income earners, are eligible for this assistance to pay their power bills.

Electricity costs are coming down under the Palaszczuk Government, after rising over 40% under the previous government, but we are still determined to help out those who need it.

The Palaszczuk Government is providing a record $5.5 billion in concessions and rebates to Queenslanders in 2018-19, up $200 million from the previous financial year.

For more information on available concessions and rebates visit:
https://campaigns.premiers.qld.gov.au/smart-savings/

 

Crime Rate Down as Thin Blue Line Gets Stronger

 The Crime Report 2017-2018 released today shows the crime rate overall has dropped by 4.4 per cent in the north of Moreton Bay.

This overall drop in the crime rate reflects the increase of 32 extra police in the northern Moreton area since the Palaszczuk Government was elected.

The Justice Report and the Crime Report show criminals are facing more charges and more arrests because this government has delivered more police and more resources for the Moreton region.

The previous LNP government refused to release crime statistics. They didn’t want people to know what was going on in their own neighbourhood.

One of the first actions of the Palaszczuk Government was to establish an independent crime statistics body.

Statistics for the north Moreton region in the reports include:

• offences against property rates down 4 per cent
• break-ins down 8.9 per cent
• the rate of shop break-ins down by 22.9 per cent
• fraud dropping 35.8 per cent
• breaches in domestic and family violence protection orders down 2.1 per cent
• drug offences down 2.2 per cent.
• A slight increase in overall offences against the person (1.1%)
• assaults are up 2.6 per cent
• rape and attempted rape up 19.9 per cent.

There are more police in Queensland now than ever before.

We will also deliver an additional 535 police personnel over the next three years.

This government will continue to provide police with the resources, training and technology they need to keep communities safe.

Ergon-Energex Community Fund Powering Local Groups

The Ergon-Energex Community Fund is open now, and local community groups are encouraged to power ahead with their applications said Chris Whiting.

The fund supports community projects that provide innovative solutions to local issues, boost local economic activity or support a local community’s identity and wellbeing.

Local community groups are able to apply for up to $5,000 to super-charge their projects.

As well as receiving $5,000 for their project, one lucky group, the ‘People’s Choice’, will also receive an additional $5,000 in funding for their project.

The project might support diversity and inclusion, environmental conservation, renewable energy upgrades or provide essential equipment or facilities,” said Chris Whiting.

Eligible applicants include community groups, schools, universities, sports clubs and more.

Applications are now open, and close on 8 April.

For more information and to apply visit: www.ergon.com.au/communityfund and www.energex.com.au/communityfund

Seniors Week Grant Applications Open Now

$100,000 is on offer for local community groups to run events and activities during Senior’s Week.

Grants of up to $1,000 are available to groups that are hosting a Queensland Senior’s Week activity, and I want locals to get their share.

Our Seniors’ community here in Bancroft is active and vibrant and they deserve to be celebrated.

Senior’s Week is all about improving community attitudes towards older people and ageing.

Held from 17-25 August 2019, Senior’s Week will connect communities and provide opportunities for people to share and learn new experiences, as well as learning about what services and support are available.

Grant applications are open now, and will close on Sunday 7 April.

For more information about Queensland Senior’s Week, or to apply for a grant visit: www.qldseniorsweek.org.au

Taskforce to Target Corrupt Activity in Queensland’s Building Industry

Local subbies, in the building industry are the focus of a new Special Joint Taskforce by the Palaszczuk Government.

The Special Joint Taskforce will be headed by retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice John Byrne and will include Queensland Police Service detectives, investigators from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and prosecutors from the Office of the Director of the Public Prosecutions.

This is just the latest step in the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to ensure that our subbies get paid in full, on time, every time.

The subbies who have been left out of pocket are local mums, dads and small business operators.

This new taskforce will track down those who have been involved in some of the biggest rip-offs in the Queensland building industry.

It will conduct a thorough examination of the circumstances surrounding several corporate collapse and will take the strongest possible action if corporate crime, including fraud, is found to have been committed,” Chris Whiting said.

We have introduced project bank accounts and new invoicing laws to ensure greater protection for subbies from company collapses.

Our Security of Payment laws also make it harder for companies to dodge their responsibilities through ‘phoenixing’.

Phoenixing is the often illegal practice where an existing company is wound-up and its assets transferred to a new company, without the liabilities and obligations of the existing operator.

Bancroft Gets Tidy on Clean Up Australia Day

 I found fewer plastic bags and drink bottles along the Deception Bay waterfront on Clean Up Australia Day 2019.

I have participated in Clean-Up Australia Day events for decades, and this year I found the Deception Bay foreshore beautifully tidy.

Locals always pick up rubbish along the waterfront, but I think that much less plastic has been dumped locally in to our environment and waterways.

This shows the measures taken by the Palaszczuk Government to improve our environment are working,”

In the last few years the Palaszczuk Government has banned single-use plastic bags and introduced a Container Refund Scheme to Queensland.

Plastics in our environment and waterways are a danger to wildlife and take an incredibly long time to break-down, polluting for up to hundreds of years after they were dumped,”

Since it was launched in late 2018 more than 250 million cans and bottles have been returned.

This has seen over $25 million raised for locals as well as community, schools and sporting groups.

Importantly it has also seen a big drop in the number of containers littering the environment, this was very noticeable on Clean-Up Australia Day.

We live in a beautiful area, with parks, bushland and waterways right at our doorstep and we have to preserve these for our children.

To find out more about where you can return your eligible containers, visit: https://www.containersforchange.com.au/

Young Indigenous people encouraged to apply for youth leadership program

I am encouraging local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI) to apply for a life-changing youth leadership program.

The Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (QILYP) is a six-day residential program held in Brisbane that provides a wonderful opportunity for young Indigenous people to build leadership skills and learn to influence change.

The program means young people from our First Nations learn about Queensland’s democratic processes and how to write community project proposals.

The program runs from 29 June through the 4 July and accommodates 40 young people from across Queensland.

QILYP offers participants a range of experiences including leadership and professional development workshops, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Participants must be aged between 18 and 25. Applications are open now and close on 15 April 2019.

For more information, and to apply visit: www.qld.gov.au/qiylp

Up, Up & Away with BNE Community Grants

The Brisbane Airport Community Giving Fund is open and seeking applications.

The fund is available to eligible school, community, individuals and organisations and it is focused on health & wellbeing, safety, sport, education as well as other community benefit initiatives.

The Community Giving Fund consists of two programs:

  • The Giving Fund: This provides cash grants to community groups that provide services that provide health and wellbeing, safety, sport, education, environment and other community benefit initiatives.
  • Lunch and Learn: Provides an opportunity for students, or young entrepreneurs to spend time with a leader in the aviation industry.

Applications are open until 5pm on Sunday 31 March 2019.

For more information, and to apply visit: www.bne.com.au/givingfund


 

Premier and Local MP Set $10,000 Coding Challenge for Young Locals

The third annual Premier’s Coding Challenge is on again and I am encouraging Bancroft students to sign-up and compete for $10,000 in prizes.

The Premier’s Coding Challenge teaches students in Years 3 to 10, how to write computer programs and is an initiative of the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing Queensland Schools program.

If our kids learn to design computer programs and mobile phone apps they are in a great position for the jobs of the future.

The Palaszczuk Government wants to shape our students into global citizens, and create a fun way to get them into STEM subjects.

The 2018 challenge saw the number of schools involved across the state increase from just 23 in 2017, to 121, with the number of individual entries going from 46 to 215.

This year’s challenge is focused on cybersafety awareness, and the importance of our digital footprint.

Students are being challenged to create an innovative and interactive digital solution to raise awareness of cybersafety.

There are eight categories on offer, including submitting an app, a game, an animation, a website or a robotic prototype, along with a short video explaining or evaluating their entry.

There is $10,000 in prizes up for grabs for the winning students.

Entries will be assessed by a panel of judges from government, education and industry.

For information on how to enter the Premier’s Coding Challenge, visit qld.gov.au/codingcompetition

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