See the Stars of Queensland Manufacturing

Some of Queensland’s best manufacturers are opening their doors to show other businesses their world-leading products and processes.

These advanced manufacturing showcase events will be a centrepiece of Inside Advance Manufacturing happening across Queensland from 20 to 24 May.

The Palaszczuk Government wants to build a bold and thriving advanced manufacturing sector in Queensland and Inside Advance Manufacturing Week will help local companies get on the right path.

Bancroft has many innovative businesses and I encourage them to check out the industry leaders through these showcases that are being held across the South-East.

Watkins Steel, iOrthotics and UAP are three north side companies who are opening their doors.

Inside Advance Manufacturing is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s 10-year plan designed to help businesses increase adoption of leading-edge design, innovation, technologies and practices.

For more information, and to register please visit: http://dsdmip.qld.gov.au/industry/priority-industries/advanced-manufacturing/inside-advanced-manufacturing.html

Thriving Queensland Communities Grants Now Open

The Palaszczuk Government’s Thriving Queensland Communities Grants program is now open.

The Thriving Queensland Communities Grants program was created by the Palaszczuk Government to help neighbourhood centres continue to be vital spaces in our community where people can come together and go when they need support.

Last year 73 Neighbourhood and Community Centres successfully applied for a Thriving Queensland Communities grant.

They used these grants to purchase equipment, run events and deliver projects across their communities.

This year there is a total pool of $800,000 available, and I am encourage eligible groups locally to apply for this grant.

For more information and to apply, visit: https://communities.smartygrants.com.au/tqcgncr2

Dogs and meter readers: Finding a solution to keep both happy!

If your meter reader can’t get to the box to read your meter because of your dog, the Palaszczuk Government has now got a solution to keep everyone happy.

Energex has launched a new, improved online service for customers who want to do self-meter reads.

Your dog can be great for security or as a companion to the family, but sometimes they can be a real problem for the man or woman needing to read your electricity meter.

There were 71 injuries to meter readers from dog bites, and 199 other incidents and close-calls between July 2017 and October 2018.

And we know estimated meter read dates can be a source of frustration for customers.

So our solution is that if a meter reader visited your property and access to your meter was restricted or unavailable, you can now login and submit your own read online that same day.

Once the reading has been validated, the network business will pass it on to the customer’s electricity retailer.

While self-meter reads have long been an option for authorised customers in remote areas or on properties where meter access is challenging, online services will now be available to any account-holder who receives an estimated read or wants to avoid an estimate.

Customers wanting to submit self-meter reads can log onto energex.com.au/selfmeterread and register for the service.

Early Start to Police Easter Road Safety Campaign

The Easter Road Safety Campaign is in full swing with more police already out conducting targeted operations on busier roadways.

The Easter Road Safety campaign is crucial in keeping our roads safe during the holiday season.

If you are on the road this Easter, you will see a higher presence of police on the road network.

A visible police presence gives us all reassurance and deters drivers who are doing the wrong thing.

A lot of people travel around the state during the Easter break and it’s important they make it home safely.

The Fatal Five campaign is a good reminder of how we all need to be aware of what we should when we’re behind the wheel.

It is always important to be aware of these fatal signs while driving.

The Fatal Five – drink driving and drug driving, fatigue, inattention, seat belt use and speeding – are the most common killers on Queensland roads.

I thank our hard-working police officers who will be out on our roads this Easter to keep communities safe.

The campaign runs from April 5 to April 26 and will involve a number of police operations across the state.

Palaszczuk Government further protects environment with Special Wildlife Reserves

Private environmental reserves can now be created in Queensland under a new program from the Palaszczuk Government.

Queensland is the first state in Australia to create a new category of protected areas called Special Wildlife Reserves.

Special Wildlife reserves will ensure that private land of exceptional natural and cultural value can have the same level of protection as a national park.

They will be established by voluntary agreement between the Queensland government and landholders.

Special Wildlife Reserves will ensuring that ecologically important areas are protected now and into the future.

Landholders will be able to attract investment from conservation organisations to support their efforts to maintain the reserves.

For more information on Special Wildlife Reserves visit:
https://environment.des.qld.gov.au/ecosystems/special-wildlife-reserves/

More grant funds for six local community organisations, next round now open

 The latest round of grants from the Palaszczuk Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund has gone to six local organisations based in the Bancroft electorate!

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund was Queensland’s biggest one-off grants program delivering up to $55 million each year for community groups.

Congratulations to the Burpengary Men’s Shed, the Burpengary Camera Club, the Moreton Bay Theatre Company, the Moreton District Invitation Pigeon Racing Club, Redcliffe Tigers AFL club and The Engineering Link Group.

The Men’s Shed were tremendously happy to get funds to outfit their new shed.

The Engineering Link Group is a group of teachers connecting high school students to engineering careers and they can now get some new laptops.

The Moreton Bay Invitation Pigeon Racing Club were chasing funds for many years for a shed, and now they can get one,” said Chris Whiting.

Brendan Saggers from the Redcliffe Tigers welcomed the news the club was getting funds to buy gym equipment.

“The club is very happy – we have no gym equipment and this is the first time we will have some,” said Brendan.

“It’s going to help us win a premiership!” said Brendan.

Round 99 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund will deliver $13.7 million in grants to help 643 grass-roots clubs and organisations across Queensland to improve their facilities, provide services or purchase new equipment.

Applications are now open for the next round of grant funding.

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund delivers grants for worthwhile projects from $500 to $35,000 with applications now open to community-based, not-for-profit organisations

Applications for round 101 close on May 31, 2019.

For more information or to apply for a Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant, visit the Bancroft Electorate Office or visit: http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/grants

Grants to grow another crop of local entrepreneurs

Two local businesses in Bancroft will benefit from the latest round of Small Business Entrepreneur Grants from the Palaszczuk Government.

Tildon Training Company and PlanVista from North Lakes are amongst the 209 successful businesses throughout the state sharing more than $725,000 awarded under this program.

These grants provide small businesses access to professional advice and support in the early stages of establishing a business to help them grow.

Tildon Training, PlanVista are small family-owned businesses and the funds mean they can bring in vital business development advice and coaching.

Cindy Donald from Tildon Training started out in leadership training and is going into the personal development stream.

She will use her funds for digital marketing and coaching.

“My passion is helping people in the community and I want to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Cindy Donald.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said the Palaszczuk Government has allocated more than $12.6 million through grant programs within the last three years.

“Since July 2016, there have been 892 entrepreneur grant recipients approved for funding totalling more than $3.1 million,” said Minister Fentiman.

This year’s Queensland Small Business Week will be held from 27 to 31 May, and it will be bigger than ever, offering the opportunity to celebrate small business in Queensland.

Visit desbt.qld.gov.au/small-business for more information on the Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016-2020 and other support including grants and funding, in addition to the resources available from business.qld.gov.au

Safeguarding Our Subbies

The Palaszczuk Government wants to hear from building sub-contractors who has been ripped off said Chris Whiting MP.

The Special Joint Taskforce is now investigating allegations of fraudulent behaviour around non-payment of subbies in Queensland.

“We need to hear from building industry workers and sub-contractors who have had their entitlements taken away,” Chris Whiting said.

“The previous government scrapped mandatory financial reporting which opened the door to more dodgy practices in the industry.

“This has led to subbies, our local mums and dads being left of the whims and mercies of bigger operators who unfortunately all too often leave them in the lurch.

“In response to this the Palaszczuk Government has set up a Special Joint Taskforce, led by Retired Supreme Court Judge John Byrne.

“Detectives from the Queensland Police Service, investigators from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and prosecutors from the Director of Public Prosecutions will also join the Taskforce.

“Everyone deserves to be paid in full, on time, every time,” Chris Whiting said.

Any individual or organisation can make a confidential submission to the taskforce by visiting: https://www.specialjointtaskforce.initiatives.qld.gov.au/

Submissions will be accepted up to 5.00PM Friday 17 May 2019.

 

Queensland Multicultural Award nominations now open

If you know people and organisations who have made a great contribution to multiculturalism, I want you to nominate them for the 2019 Multicultural Queensland Awards.

Nominations are now open and will close at 5pm Thursday 18 April, with winners announced on 30 August, during Multicultural Queensland Month.

We have a vibrant multicultural community here in Bancroft, from the Pasifika communities in Deception Bay, to the growing South Asian community in North Lakes.

We want to hear from the community about the people and organisations that they feel should be recognised for the work they do to make the Bancroft community more inclusive.

Every single day people in our community work hard to promote inclusion and to bring people together.

Inclusion and togetherness are so very important, especially in light of recent events designed to divide us.

Nominations are currently open for the Multicultural Queensland Awards in the following categories:

• Outstanding Young Achiever – for under 25 years, including volunteers
• Outstanding Individual Achiever – for 25 years and over, including volunteers
• Community – for not-for-profit community organisations or groups
• Education, Training and Skills – for government and non-government early childhood education and care, schools, universities, TAFEs or registered training organisations located in Queensland
• Business – for businesses, companies and finance
• Media – for journalists, bloggers and online influencers
• Government (local) – for a local government organisation or team within a local government organisation
• Government (State) – for a State government organisation or team within a State government organisation
• Minister’s Multicultural Award – for the outstanding achievements of a finalist, selected by the Minister from all finalists.

For more information, and to nominate please visit: www.qld.gov.au/mqa

Bring Tennis Back To Our Local Schools

Chris brought the Brisbane International trophy to Deception Bay.

The Palaszczuk Government and Tennis Queensland are serving up $1.5 million in funding for state schools to build or improve tennis facilities.

The funding is part of a three year initiative that will improve tennis facilities at state schools and open them to use by the wider community.

I want to see more tennis played in Deception Bay and I sponsored a program last year at Deception Bay State School to get our local kids pick up a racquet.

North Lakes State College has got great tennis facilities and this year I want our local schools to apply for this funding.

I will be writing to the Principals of all state schools in Bancroft, and encouraging them to apply for this funding.

This new initiative covers a whole range of proposals from building new courts, to improvements and repairs of existing facilities.

Once the facilities have been built or upgraded they will then be available for use by the wider community, with Tennis Queensland providing insurance cover.

We know that by providing the right facilities people will want to play tennis and this initiative will provide that opportunity for students, and community members alike.

The Department of Education is accepting applications from 25 March to 24, with successful schools being advised in late term 2.

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