NDIS in our Community

Do you, or a friend or family member, need to access the NDIS?

The NDIS holds drop-in sessions locally in:

North Lakes – Level 5, The Corso every Wednesday 1-5pm
Deception Bay – Deception Bay Neighbourhood Centre, Endeavour St every Thursday from 1-3pm.

To register for a Deception Bay session visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/deception-bay-drop-in-sessi…

To register for a North Lakes session visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/north-lakes-drop-in-session…

At these drop-ins you can find out about:
· How the NDIS works

· Get up-to-date accurate information about the NDIS

· Learn how to get ready for the NDIS

· Access Request Form Support

National Tree Day Annual Give-away

It’s National Tree Day on Sunday 28 July and I will again be giving away native seedlings to local residents.

I hope this will inspire people to get out in their gardens or community spaces and plant more trees to make it a “greener” community.

It would be great to see young children prompted to go into their gardens to plant and tend to these young trees and shrubs.

This year, I will be giving away seedlings at specific times, at the following locations:

The Hub (113-117 Buckley Road, Burpengary East) – 11:15am – 12:30pm

Deception Bay Market Place (Bay Avenue, Deception Bay) – 1:00pm – 2:00pm inside at the Woolworths end.

Hilltop Shopping Centre (Astley Parade, North Lakes) – 2:15pm – 3:30pm next to the IGA.

Come and have a chat with me about what planting one tree can do for our environment.

Early Childhood Education in Queensland is Open for Discussion

Educators, early learning centres and families in North Lakes Burpengary East and Deception Bay can now have a say on the future of early childhood education in Queensland, said Chris Whiting MP.
Chris Whiting said the Palaszczuk Government wants to build Queensland’s world-class early childhood education system so all children have a great start no matter where they live in Queensland.
“Early childhood education is the best first step we can give to Queensland kids – the first step to a better education and to future jobs,” said Chris Whiting.

“We have invested more than $293 million into early childhood education in the 2019-20 budget.

“To guide our future investment, the Palaszczuk Government wants to hear how we can improve early childhood education for Queensland kids.

“Our review into early childhood education includes an online survey for all early learning centres, families, and educators,” said Chris Whiting.

The survey is open until 9 August 2019 and you can access it at:
https://www2.deloitte.com/au/en/pages/economics/articles/queensland-early-childhood-education-review.html.

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We’ll Drink To That: New Program to Support Qld Food and Beverage Producers

Queensland’s unique artisan food and beverage producers will get a boost from a new Palaszczuk Government grant scheme that will get our unique products into more fridges and pantries around the world, said Chris Whiting.

The Artisan Producers grant offers $5,000 in matched funding that can be used by growers and brewers to access professional advice, develop a website or even a digital marketing campaign.

Whether its honey or macadamia nuts, chocolates, jams or cheeses, Queenslanders are creating one of a kind food and beverage products.

The Artisan Producers grant program to help more small scale producers get started, grow and create more jobs.

The programs is part of a plan called Supporting Artisan Producers that sets out a range of actions we are taking to support increased investment, productivity, competitiveness and innovation.

Queensland is home to over 1800 food and beverage production small businesses, using unique craftsmanship, traditional methods, and a philosophy of connection with place and environment.

By supporting local companies delivering appetising products to buyers we are fostering entrepreneurship and skills, boosting tourism and providing employment opportunities for Queensland families,” said Chris Whiting.

For more Information about the plan and the grants program, go to business.qld.gov.au/artisanproducer

Celebrate Queensland Day Grants Available for 2020

Chris and the Bancroft Queensland Day Community Champions for 2019.

I am encouraging local community groups and non-profit organisation to apply for funding to celebrate Queensland Day next year.

The Queensland Day Sponsorship Program (QDSP) offers up to $15,000 to not-for-profit, non-commercial associations and local governments to run celebrations marking our state’s birthday on 6 June 2020.

Queensland Day should be celebrated on the same scale as Australia Day and the Palaszczuk Government has a program to fund community celebrations in 2020.

I want our communities to celebrate Queensland Day in style and run events that show we’re proud to be Queenslanders.

It could be a festival, a market, a barbeque or a parade – you decide what the best way is to celebrate Queensland Day.

Every year I hold my Bancroft Community Champion Awards, to recognise locals who go above and beyond, on Queensland Day.

“I especially want to encourage our multicultural communities to consider making an application for an event that shows we are a diverse and inclusive society.

Applications are due by 9 September 2019. For more information and to apply go to: www.qld.gov.au/queenslandday.

Applications open for multicultural events funding

Has your organisation got a great idea for a multicultural event in Deception Bay, North Lakes or Burpengary East? Chris Whiting wants you to take the leap and make it happen!

Applications for funds from the $1.4 million Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program are now open for events that celebrate cultural diversity and promote cross-cultural understanding.

We’re quite a special and diverse mob here in Queensland.

Our State is home to people from 220 different countries who speak more than 180 languages and identify with over 110 different faiths.

Connectedness and community participation play an important role in helping to build a united, harmonious and inclusive Queensland.

In 2019, more than 150 events are sharing in funding through the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program.

In 2020 I want to see local eligible event organisers, groups, associations and councils to submit applications for funding to help bring their celebrations to the communities.

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program is an annual program that provides funding towards multicultural events and projects that engage people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

This includes people who arrived in Australia as migrants or refugees, people seeking asylum, members of diverse cultural groups and the wider community to contribute to building a united, harmonious and inclusive Queensland.

Applications can be submitted online through SmartyGrants until 29 July 2019. For more information: www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/cmq-program

Early Childhood Program Expanded at Deception Bay North State School

The Palaszczuk Government will continue funding an early childhood development programs at Deception Bay North State School for children with a disability

We have recently committed $63.6 million over four years for the continued operation of the Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP) with around $650,000 in extra funding for the professional development of staff.

There is nothing more important to me than building better schools and hospitals for our local families.

The commitment to maintain and expand this program for kids transitioning into Prep is a good illustration of that commitment.

This program at Deception Bay North State School means kids get tailored support from teachers and teacher aides, to help them develop the knowledge and skills they need as they prepare for the important transition to school.

The Palaszczuk Government is committed to ensuring all Queensland children receive a great start through a world class education.

ECDPs do a fantastic job providing early intervention to children who require intensive, multi-disciplinary programs to develop skills and behaviours.

This funding commitment will mean that the D Bay North program will go on and continue to be available to eligible children under five years of age, who have been diagnosed, or are suspected of having certain disabilities.

These disabilities include autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, hearing impairment, physical impairment, speech language impairment or vision impairment.

For more information about ECDPs, including a list of locations and information about how to access them, visit: http://www.education.qld.gov.au/students/students-with-disability/succeeding-with-disability/early-childhood-programs

More Jobs, More Firefighters, More Trucks

Chris Whiting said the Palaszczuk Government always gives special attention to providing more jobs, firefighters, and trucks to Queensland’s emergency services and this year’s budget delivers an investment of $740 million.

The new stations, resources and jobs flowing from the $740 million investment means our urban and rural firefighters, SES volunteers and emergency workers are now spending more time on our streets instead of at their desks or at the station.

“25 new firefighter jobs will be open by the end of this year and we start building 75 new trucks and appliances for our emergency workers,” said Chris Whiting.

“There will be 22 projects to build new and replacement stations or upgrade other stations. Our ‘Buy Queensland’ procurement policy means these will support a range of local jobs throughout Queensland.

“The Palaszczuk Government is renewing our fleet and supporting our workforce so they are equipped to respond to any situation,” said Chris Whiting.

Chris Whiting Pushes for ‘Lollypop Person’ at Local School Crossing

I have started a campaign to get a crossing supervisor for the school crossing on Thompson St in Deception Day for Christ the King School.

I have created an on-line Queensland Parliamentary Petition to the Minister for Transport and has been collecting further signatures outside the school at the crossing.

Christ the King is a dynamic and caring local school in Deception Bay and we need a crossing supervisor for the busiest crossing right at the front of the school.

There are over 320 students at the school from Prep to year 6 and the nearest ‘lollypop person’ is at a crossing a couple of hundred metres down the road.

Parents and locals have said there is a need for a supervised crossing at the entrance of the school, and I agree with them.

I want to get hundreds of signatures on the petition so I can show the Minister our community supports the push to get a paid crossing supervisor.

Currently the school has been allocating staff to help out at the crossing, and they simply can’t keep on doing that.

I want all the Deception Bay community, not just the school community at Christ the King, to go on-line and sign the petition I have sponsored.

I’ll be back at the school in the first week of the new term to collect more signatures.

Go to www.chriswhiting.com.au/crossing to sign, and get your friends and family to do the same.

The petition is open until 24 July 2019.

Securing Local Jobs with Boat Ramp Upgrade

The Palaszczuk Government will help secure 30 to 40 local jobs at a local marine manufacturer by the upgrade of the boat ramp on the Caboolture River at the end of Uhlmann Road

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.

This $800,000 upgrade is crucial as 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.

A widened and enlarged ramp means they can manufacture and launch a bigger range of even larger marine infrastructure right here in Burpengary East.

There will also be a pontoon for recreational boaties to securely tie up their vessels after launch.

I have been pushing for this project for many years as both local MP and Councillor. The lobbying to get the pontoon installed started the day we opened the previous upgrade to the boat ramp, said Chris Whiting.

Queensland-based business SkillCentred Construction has been awarded the contract to design and construct the pontoon walkway and widen the existing boat ramp. The contractor will be on site in July, with construction due to be completed by late 2019, weather permitting. During construction part of the boat ramp will be closed.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads had been working closely with Conveying Services as the company holds the lease for the boat ramp and is contributing financially to the upgrade.

I requested the Department liaise closely with the Caboolture River Fishing and Boating Club to make sure the design suits the needs of our recreational fishers.

We have a great lifestyle in Burpengary East, and the upgraded boat ramp facilities on Uhlmann Road will allow easier and safer fishing and boating for all our local residents.

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