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.
The new Palaszczuk Government scheme of sports vouchers for families is now open and I urge local families to apply.
‘FairPlay’ vouchers will now be available to more Queensland families, for more sporting activities including dance and martial arts.
Local families will be able to take advantage of the $150 ‘FairPlay’ voucher, which will be available from 8am on Wednesday 31 July, and allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Families who have a Centrelink Health Care Card, or Pensioner Concession card are automatically eligible to apply for a ‘FairPlay’ voucher.
This time families with a combined family income of less than $55,000 who do not hold either of these concessions, can register an expression of interest for a ‘FairPlay’ voucher.
We know that the upfront costs of getting started in sports can put pressure on the family budget, and the ‘FairPlay’ vouchers are designed to help those lower income families who need help to get their kids into sport.
The Palaszczuk Government has set aside over $1.7 million in sports vouchers for 12,000 Queenslanders.
Local clubs and groups that accept ‘FairPlay’ vouchers include gymnastics, dance, martial arts, swimming, Scouting, Guides, football, softball and clay target shooting.
For more information visit: www.qld.gov.au/fairplayvouchers
Local public housing tenants have a chance to make their homes and gardens shine in this this year’s My Home Awards.
The My Home Awards recognise the gardening skills of public housing tenants, whether they have a backyard, balcony, or a communal garden.
The My Home Awards recognises the pride and time that public housing tenants take in caring for their gardens, and also aims to encourage tenants to participate in their local community.
We want our best gardeners to show just how proud they are of their gardens and their houses, and show the rest of the community just what they can accomplish in Queensland Housing properties.
This year’s awards features eight categories – House Garden, Edible/Bush Tucker Garden, Courtyard Garden, Balcony Garden, Water-wise Garden, New Gardener, Children’s Garden and Communal Garden.
There is a category to suit every gardener, even if this is your first time planting a few flowers or vegies in your backyard, or pots on your balcony.
Entries are now open, and close on Monday 9 September, with judging to also occur in September.
I look forward to seeing the many gardens cultivated across the Bancroft electorate as spring blooms.
Prize winners will receive vouchers or hampers to the value of $80 for first prize, $50 for runner up and $30 for highly commended.
For more information about the 2018 My Home Awards, go to https://www.qld.gov.au/housing/public-community-housing/public-housing-tenants/my-home-awards or visit your local Housing Service Centre.
You can find contact details for your local Housing Service Centre by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
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.
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:
To register for a North Lakes session visit:
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
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.