Queensland’s social enterprises give a “mighty contribution” to our local communities and the Palaszczuk Government has got a new strategy and grant scheme to support them, said Chris Whiting MP.
Under the Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy, the Palaszczuk Government will invest $1 million this year to support local social enterprises like Bean Seen Coffee with matched funding of $50,000.
“Social enterprises are such special local businesses because they aim to benefit the public and community,” said Chris Whiting MP.
“They put a lot of their income from trade and profits to fulfil their purpose such as building skills for the unemployed”.
“The social enterprise sector in Queensland is growing and it is supporting around 4,000 Queensland jobs”.
“They range from small local businesses that employ people with disability, to not-for-profit commercial kitchens or cafés that help the homeless”.
“That’s why we have released the Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy, the first time for the sector in Queensland and second in Australia”.
“Under this strategy, we will invest $1 million this year so our social enterprises can continue to grow and deliver jobs and training opportunities for disadvantaged Queenslanders,” said Chris Whiting MP.
Adam Buckley from Bean Scene said, “Since opening in October 2018, Bean Seen Coffee has had well over 20 high school students and volunteers complete work experience in the café and on the coffee cart”.
“We have also hosted 8 trainees and have seen three of these successfully transition to paid internships with local businesses”.
“We love the work we do and are proud to know it contributes to the local community,” said Mr Buckley.
The strategy includes funding for a new social enterprise grant to work with the sector to deliver innovative grant programs tailored for social enterprises.
Start-up social enterprises can apply for matched funding of up to $50,000 with the round opening on 1 October 2019.
Visit www.desbt.qld.gov.au/socialenterprise for more information.
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The Palaszczuk Government has opened up funding for local waste recovery and recycling businesses that have new projects to reduce waste in Queensland.
Round Two is open for the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program (RRIDP) which offers $100 million over three years to help develop resource recovery industries here in Queensland.
Queensland currently only reuses or recycles 45 per cent of our waster and the other 55 per cent goes to land fill.
That’s a lot of potential materials and business opportunities that we are simply burying.
We want to turn that around and make Queensland a world leader in resource recovery, recycling remanufacturing of materials.
The RRDIP will provide funds for local businesses, no-for-profits and local governments to improve existing facilities or create new major resource recovery projects.
In Round One Stanley Asphalt in Brendale got $2 million toward an $18.9 million project establishing an asphalt recycling facility at Tivoli, diverting 243,075 tonnes per annum of waste from landfill and supporting 16 new jobs.
I encourage all local business in this recycling and reuse sector to take advantage of the opportunity and put in an application for the RRIDP if they can.
The RRDIP funding opportunities include:
- fund, provides dollar-for-dollar grants from $50,000 to $5 million for facilities and infrastructure projects that align with the RRIDP and its objectives. It operates in a competitive rounds-based system. we’ve fast-tracked release of a $15 million second rounding of funding for Stream One.
- Stream Two: Resource Recovery Project Fund, aims to attract or expand major resource recovery operations. These are expected to be larger-scale projects which offer significant opportunities for Queensland and expressions of interest are invited to determine eligibility ahead of progressing to detailed application.
- Stream Three: Resource Recovery Project Investment Pipeline Fund, offers up to $1 million support for pre-project activities, such as professional and technical investigations, to inform final investment decisions. No co-contribution is required for this stream.
Applications will close 5pm Friday 20 September 2019, and businesses can go to www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au
I welcome the appointment of nine new police graduates from the Oxley Police Academy to stations servicing the Bancroft electorate.
Three will be stationed at Redcliffe, three in Caboolture, and one each at Burpengary, Deception Bay and Petrie.
The new style of policing in Queensland means officers and graduates from all these stations can be called to service requests in Burpengary East, Deception Bay and North Lakes.
The Queensland Police Service uses a ‘borderless’ policing model under which police are moved in numbers to where they’re needed, when they’re needed.
In 2017 the Palaszczuk Government committed to an additional 535 police and operational specialists by mid 2021-22.
131 or approximately one quarter of those extra police have already been delivered, and over the next three years the remaining growth numbers will also be delivered.
So not only are there more police in Queensland than ever before, but the QPS is also more mobile and agile.
I will keep on pushing for extra police to cover all our fast-growing areas in the Bancroft electorate.
The new $18 million vertical campus building for senior students at North Lakes State College was opened by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on 29 August.
This building represents the “wave of the future” for educating senior students in Queensland and will be seen as the template for many new high schools.
This is an incredible building that will ensure North Lakes State College keeps its lead as one of the best high schools in the State.
The Endeavour Building is a landmark structure in the North Lakes CBD and includes six multimedia rooms, ten classrooms, special education facilities, a double music room, an auditorium and a virtual reality room.“I am so proud of this building and this school and I was so pleased to get the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk out to North Lakes for the official opening.
“I’ve been really happy today to have a look through and see so much of the interactive classrooms that are here and I know that all the students love it as much as I do, said Ms Palaszczuk.
“It’s something the entire community can be proud of and something every student at this school, every parent and every teacher can boast about,” said Ms Palaszczuk.
Christ the King School at Deception Bay will be getting a crossing supervisor on Thompson St after an extensive local campaign by the Deception bay community and me.
I sponsored a petition calling on the Minister for Transport to fund the position and joined with the Christ the King school community to gather signatures on-line or at street stalls outside the school.
This is great news for the school and every family who relies on that crossing to get their kids safely to school each day. It shows people power can still win the day.
The funding for this crossing supervisor starts Term 4, so I hope we can see a crossing supervisor on Thompson St when school gets back on Tuesday 8 October.
The key was getting everyone to spread to news about the petition and encouraging all their family and friends to sign it.
We promoted it on social media, we conducted street stalls outside the school and had copies at the school for people to sign.“We also door knocked the local streets around Christ the King School with local school volunteer and resident Gail Kropp to gather signatures on the petition.
This school has a great community wrapped around it and it was only through their keen efforts that we have made this positive change.
I want to thank everyone in Deception Bay and everyone in the school community who got behind this petition to make our streets safer for our kids.
Two local schools will get cycling safety programs under the Palaszczuk Government’s annual Community Road Safety Grants scheme.
An integrated bike and road safety education course will be delivered to 263 Year 2 & 4 students at North Lake College and 160 Year 2, 4 & 6 students at Christ the King School in Deception Bay.
These programs will teach kids how road rules for bike users and how to use their bike safely in their local communities.
North Lakes State College and Christ the King are educating kids about road safety issues at a grass-roots level.
Congratulations to these two local school communities who designed a program for their kids and put in an application to make it a reality.
No one knows their local community better than the people who live there.
Huge achievements can be realised from small beginnings.
Conversation about road safety started in childhood will later on saves lives and prevent injury to our next generation of Queensland road users.
The Palaszczuk Government has boosted Queensland’s targeted road safety budget to $900 million over four years.
Successful applicants can be found on the TMR website at: https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/safety/road-safety/community-road-safety-grants
$32,000 has been awarded to help out leading alternative school Arethusa College in Deception Bay said Chris Whiting..
The latest funding round for the Queensland Independent Schools Block Grant Authority and the Queensland Catholic Capital Assistance Authority was part of the State Government capital assistance grants program for eligible non-state schools.
Arethusa College needs these funds to help ease the external infrastructure costs associated with capital works projects.
They are doing great work with all kinds of students and they are building new facilities all the time.
Our Government remains committed to ongoing support for non-state schools and I’m pleased that Arethusa College has received this much-needed assistance.
The newly-widened Uhlmann Road boat ramp in Burpengary East will be fully operational within three weeks.
Work is nearly finished on the upstream boat ramp lane boat ramp upgrade that includes a new heavy duty reinforced concrete slab.
It’s a real milestone in this long –awaited project to have the full width of the boat ramp finished and open to the public,” said Chris Whiting.
Once these works are complete, the new lane will be opened to users and works on the downstream floating walkway lane will commence.
Completion of the overall project is on track for late 2019.
I want to thank Graeme Cooney and Mobile Conveying Services for contributing to the boat ramp upgrade.
Mobile Conveying Services is based at the boat ramp and manufactures mobile conveyer belt appliances as well as a range of other manufactured marine-based products.
The company employs up to 40 local manufacturing workers, and I want to do everything I can to keep local jobs in the manufacturing sector.
For those tradies and contractors who like to know about these things, we’ve utilised an innovative new placement methodology featuring a conveyor rather than a pump.
This creates a stiffer 50 MPa concrete mix and reduces segregation and means this boat ramp can cope with the heaviest of loads.
Deception Bay residents in need of emergency pre-hospital care are set to be better serviced with a new replacement ambulance vehicle.
The state-of-the-art vehicle would provide first-class healthcare to the community.
Our paramedics work incredibly hard here on the front line and they deserve the best possible resources, equipment, and support so they can do their jobs to the standard Queenslanders deserve.
To back in our ambos, this $335,000 vehicle does the heavy lifting when it comes to assisting paramedics getting their patients to hospitals.
This replacement, dual stretcher modular ambulance is on the roads and is making the lives of Deception Bay’s ambos easier.
The vehicle had undergone extensive conversion, locally at Varley on the Narangba Innovation Precinct, in consultation with paramedics to ensure it was best suited for day to day use.
This particular vehicle has two power-assisted stretchers, which have been proven to reduce the rate of manual-handling injuries that paramedics suffer during their shifts.
Being able to raise and lower patients at the touch of a button will protect our paramedics from potential lifting and carrying injuries.
It’s not just the weight of the patients which strain paramedics backs, it’s the repetition.
In addition to the Stryker power-assisted stretchers, which can carry patients up to 318kg, the vehicle also has a multimedia rear view mirror, reversing sensor and camera, an additional video display of the patient area and a refrigerated compartment for keeping patient medication at the correct temperature.
I know this vehicle will contribute to better outcomes for patients and I’m extremely pleased this is now on the road throughout Bancroft.”
The Palaszczuk Government has publicly released the Queensland food & beverage supplier directory so Queenslanders can identify the local food and drink businesses to support.
The Queensland food, beverage and catering supplier directory was set up for government departments in April 2019 to source local products and help support jobs in Queensland’s food and beverage industry.
We have now created a directory with close to 230 suppliers who produce and employ locally for Queenslanders to access, with more to come.
I want locals to go online and see which companies in our region are creating the food and beverage products we should be using in our homes and businesses.
Supporting local food and beverage suppliers means more jobs for Queenslanders, and stronger local businesses.
If everyone puts products from these companies in your shopping trolleys, it will mean a shot in the arm for local jobs and Queensland’s economy.
The Palaszczuk Government has made it a priority to support our local jobs and businesses.
Under the Queensland Government’s Procurement Strategy, we’ve pledged to put Queensland first so that wherever possible, every dollar the government spends is backing Queensland jobs and businesses.
For more information and to find businesses on the list: www.qld.gov.au/buyqueensland