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 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’.
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.
More midwives are being employed at local hospitals by the Palaszczuk Government to help deliver the newest residents into the Bancroft electorate.
There are six new midwife positions at Redcliffe Hospital, two new midwifery positions at Caboolture Hospital and three at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Local mums and dads now have access to more midwives because the Palaszczuk Government is delivering on its commitment to deliver more midwives into Queensland’s public hospitals.
Last year around 1,700 babies were born at Redcliffe Hospital, along with almost 1,900 at Caboolture and over 4,700 at the RBWH.
These new midwife positions are part of our delivery on the promise we made to provide Queenslanders with 3,500 additional nurses and midwives by 2020.
We call the new midwife positions MaTiLdas, which is short for Maternity Team Leaders.
The new positions brings the total number of midwives at Redcliffe Hospital to 77.
One of these new clinical midwives is a specially-trained lactation consultant providing expert support to mothers around breastfeeding and helping guide the hospital toward accreditation with the Baby-Friendly Health Initiative.