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 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.
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
The Palaszczuk Government has announced it will start works on the $6 million Morris Road and Deception Bay Road intersection upgrade later this year.
The intersection will be widened from to three lanes at Rothwell and a new bike link to Rothwell train station will be built, supporting 19 jobs throughout construction.
It’s another example of the congestion-tackling infrastructure the Palaszczuk Government is delivering.
This is one of fastest growing regions in Queensland, and it’s important that our roads are ready for that growth.
An average of 35,000 vehicles use Deception Bay Road daily, with up to 40,000 using the Anzac Avenue intersection at Rothwell.
Once complete, this project means families spend less time on the road.
We built the $37.5 million Rothwell intersection upgrade, have begun designing a new Deception Bay Road and Bruce Highway interchange, and now we’re delivering a $6 million upgrade for this crucial stretch of road.
It is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $3.13 billion roads and transport program for the region, supporting more than 3,000 jobs.
The Deception Bay Road widening project will include an additional northbound and southbound lane on Deception Bay Road from Morris Road intersection to connect to the signalised Anzac Avenue intersection.
Pedestrians and bike riders will also benefit from new signalised pedestrian crossings at the Morris Road intersection and new bike lanes on Deception Bay Road.
Further information about the project can be found at www.tmr.qld.gov.au by searching ‘Deception Bay Road and Morris Road intersection upgrade’.
There is no doubt Christmas Eve is a special time – the night before Christmas, a time to spend with family and friends, to observe events of religious and cultural significance
Many in our community are in jobs where we don’t have to work on Christmas Eve. We get to spend it with family and friends, to go to Mass or other religious and community events.
Some in the community don’t get that luxury, and have to work.
We believe there is merit in investigating whether Christmas Eve should be a public holiday after 6pm to give workers extra protection and entitlements.
If you are interested in having your say, you can make a written submission on the proposed change until 4pm Monday, 2nd September via
Email: email@example.com or
Post: Christmas Eve Part-Day Public Holiday Consultation, Office of Industrial Relations, GPO Box 69, Brisbane QLD 4001.
The Palaszczuk Government has a range of grants that are available for small business to access, to help them grown their business.
To help them prepare, plan and apply I am encouraging local small businesses to take a look at the 2019-20 Small Business Grants Schedule.
I know how busy life can be for small business owners, and that is why I am encouraging them to take a look at our new Small Business Grants Schedule.
Knowing when a grant that they want is going to open for applications will enable businesses to better plan, and put in a better application.
To view the Small Business Grants Schedule visit: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/starting-business/advice-support/grants/schedule
Applications are now open for the next round of Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW).
I am encouraging local community groups, with an interest in getting people into work to partner with Registered Training Organisations and get their applications in.
SQW has seen over 800 locals secure work after completing a program since we came to government in 2015.
SQW provides training to disadvantage people, through targeted programs delivered by local community organisations.
These groups partner with registered training organisations to ensure high quality programs are delivered to participants in fields that local employers want.
Information on how to apply for funding, assessment criteria and more can be found at: www.qld.gov.au/skillingqueenslanders or by calling 1300 369 935.
I am encouraging our local community to consider advice from police about how they can help to drive down vehicle thefts.
Police are providing our community with some important tools and tips to help prevent crime on our streets and in our homes.
If you want to help prevent vehicle theft, Queensland Police have provided their Top Five tips to protect your vehicle.
These are to always keep your vehicle locked and secured – even if you are only leaving it for a moment, keep the keys to your vehicle in a hidden location – not on the kitchen bench or a key rack, remove all valuables from the vehicle, consider installing a steering wheel lock, car alarm or immobiliser and consider installing a GPS tracking device with live monitoring.
We all know that when it comes to crime, prevention is better than cure.
This is why the Palaszczuk Government supports groups like Neighbourhood Watch, and provided Crime Stoppers with more than $3.4 million in funding.
It’s those community based groups like Neighbourhood Watch and also Crime Stoppers that really assist the Queensland Police Service in preventing and solving crime.
While Police do their best to catch those responsible for crime, we can all do our bit to help prevent it.
330 local residents will be recruited into seven new job training programs in Deception Bay!
$2.2 million has been awarded to local community organisations in Deception Bay to deliver jobs training programs to locals.
Nothing is more important than delivering jobs, and better schools and hospitals to our community.
The Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) program has delivered a record amount of funds to Deception Bay to put hundreds of locals into jobs.
Since we relaunched SQW in 2015, more than 800 locals who have been through a SQW program have gone on to find a job.
One family of five long-term unemployed people from Deception Bay all found work after going through an SQW program.
This is a program that is literally changing people’s lives.
The latest funding round sees seven programs locally awarded funding, providing courses on everything from conservation and land management, to retail, hospitality and childcare.
These seven programs will provide training and skills for 330 people, making it easier for them to secure work.
Three local community organisations, the Deception Bay Community Youth Programs, Deception Bay Neighbourhood Centre and Movement TwentyTwo will provide these courses in conjunction with four registered training organisations.