Work at Tipplers Passage

    On the 29th of January, the Gold Coast Waterways will start works on Tipplers Passage. These works are estimated to be completed around May 2016.

    For more information on the work, please click here to read the fact sheet.

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    In July this year, the LNP published our Real Economic Plan for Jobs, Economic Diversity and Growth. It features manufacturing and agriculture as 2 of the LNP’s 5 economic priority areas.

    This morning I showed Lawrence Springborg how we’re developing and growing agriculture and manufacturing locally. Food factories like Norco Milk here in Labrador unleash Queensland’s potential – they realise economic multiplier benefits for Queensland. Australia’s reputation as a producer of clean and green products remains a key international advantage and, combined with rising global demand for food, gives Australia a great opportunity to drive jobs and investment growth for the future.

    Queensland’s “dining boom” will be long lived. We enjoy strategic advantages of being geographically close to bourgeoning Asian middle class, and our factories are close to the source of natural ingredients. There’s much about which we should be optimistic – even as the motor vehicle manufacturing sector moves offshore and mining investment declines.

    As well as 320,000 ­direct jobs, another 824,900 Australians were employed in providing quality produce, transport or retail to get food from paddock to plate.

    Take a look at some of the highlights from the tour.

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    Congratulations Brian!

    I love recognising Justices of the Peace for their service in our community and this morning it was a pleasure to thank Brian for 50 years’ service. It was lovely to have a chat over a cup of tea about Queensland political history (he’s as much a politics buff as I am!) and the interesting documents he’s witnessed as a JP.

    If you or someone you know has been a JP for 25, 40, 50 or 60 years please call my office on 5560 6100 because I’d love to celebrate their achievement and recognise their service with an official certificate.

    Thanks again, Brian!


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    Minister caves to pressure from locals

    Students and parents at Labrador State School will soon have a safer journey to and from school with the coming installation flashing school zone lights on Government Road at the school after a successful local petition.

    State Member for Broadwater, Verity Barton MP said it was pleasing to see the Minister back down from his previous position on the installation of the flashing lights.

    “This is an important piece of safety infrastructure for Labrador State School, which is why I had committed to it during the campaign.”

    “It is pleasing to see the Minister come to the table with the school now in the list of top 100 priorities for flashing light installation.”

    “Government Road is a busy thoroughfare, with heavy vehicle and foot traffic, and the installation of flashing lights on Government Road will see a safer environment for parents and students travelling to and from school.”

    The flashing school zone lights will be installed in the 2015-16 financial year as part of the ongoing program to enhance road safety at schools.


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    This week I had the privilege of presenting one of our local residents, Jo, with a certificate to recognise twenty-five years service as a Justice of the Peace. Congratulations Jo for your service to the community over the past twenty-five years.

    If you’re approaching twenty-five, forty or fifty years as a Justice of the Peace, please do not hesitate to contact my office and I can arrange a certificate to celebrate your achievement!

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    Petition: Install Flashing Lights at Labrador State School

    Today, I launched my petition to have flashing lights installed on Government Road and Labrador State School.

    During this year’s election I committed to having the lights installed should I be re-elected. After the election, I wrote to the Treasurer and the Minister for Main Roads and asked them to fund this commitment, given the bi-partisan support to install flashing lights at schools across Queensland.

    The Minister for Main Roads has said that flashing lights on Government Road are not a priority for him. Sign the petition below to show your support for the flashing lights.

    Click here to sign the petition today!



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    Labor Neglects Broadwater in State Budget

    Broadwater is facing funding uncertainty as the Palaszczuk Labor Government tries to plug its budget black hole.

    Broadwater MP Miss Verity Barton said that today’s budget failed to confirm whether the government will be funding important projects endorsed by the Gold Coast and Broadwater communities at the January State Election, such as the second stage of the light rail and important safety infrastructure at local schools.

    “It concerns me that Labor may not go ahead with these projects, even though the LNP had fully costed and funded the projects ahead of the election,” Miss Barton said.

    “It is clear that Treasurer Curtis Pitt is making it up as he goes along.”

    The LNP committed to installing flashing lights at Labrador State School on Government Road to warn drivers they are entering a school zone.

    These flashing school zone lights would remind drivers to slow down in the school zone and greatly improve safety at the school, which is often frequented by random police speed checks during school zone hours.

    The LNP had also committed funding to the extension of the light rail from Griffith University to the heavy rail in the north, a project which would reduce congestion across the Gold Coast and provide a link from Brisbane to tourist destinations across the Gold Coast.

    “It’s unfair that families across Broadwater could miss out on this important safety infrastructure for local schools and vital new public transport infrastructure because Labor has no plan to manage the Queensland economy. The Labor Government needs to honour the LNP’s commitment and confirm this funding immediately.”

    Miss Barton said the budget was disappointing and while Labor does not have a plan, the LNP understands what the Queensland economy needs.

    “An LNP Government would continue the work we started in restoring business confidence by reducing red tape for small businesses and further increase the payroll tax threshold to help keep costs lower.”

    “We want to see the small business sector, which represents more than 95 per cent of all Queensland businesses, able to grow and create jobs.”

    Shadow Treasurer John-Paul Langbroek said families throughout Broadwater, the Gold Coast and across Queensland constantly raised the cost of living as one of their major concerns and, unlike Labor, the LNP was listening.

    “One of Labor’s first acts in government was to hike up registration on the family car by 3.5 per cent, compared to the LNP’s record of freezing registration costs for three years,” he said.

    “Under our plan, all Cabinet decisions would include a Cost of Living impact statement to ensure the impacts of these decisions on Queensland families is fully understood.”

    “This budget proves that Labor has no plan for jobs, no plan for growth, no plan to improve business confidence and no plan to avoid the debt and deficits disaster they left Queensland last time,” Mr Langbroek said.

    “Only the LNP has an experienced team and a real plan to grow jobs in Broadwater.”


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    2016 Queensland Week Sponsorship Program

    Every year Queenslanders around the state get together for Queensland week – an annual celebration of Queensland’s official separation from New South Wales on 6 June 1859. It provides an opportunity for Queenslanders to embrace our proud history and celebrate what makes us special. Every year, community groups across Queensland participate in the celebration.

    To support community groups and organisations, applications for sponsorship funding of up to $10,000 are now open for the 2016 Queensland Week, 4 – 12 June. Applications will close on Friday 28 August 2015.

    To find out more or to apply, please visit the online website here.


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    Australian of the Year Awards

    The 2016 Australian of the Year Awards are now open for nomination.

    Queenslanders are compassionate, inspirational and hard-working, and the Awards provide us with a fantastic opportunity the celebrate the achievements of Queenslanders at a national level.

    Nominations can be made across four categories:

    • Queensland Australian of the Year
    • Queensland Senior Australian of the Year
    • Queensland Young Australian of the Year
    • Queensland Local Hero

    Nominations will remain open until Saturday 1 August 2015, and the Queensland recipients will be announced later in the year. To nominate an outstanding Queenslander, or for more information, please visit the Australian of the Year Awards website by clicking here.

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    Want to become a JP?

    The Queensland Justices Association will be conducting a pre-appointment training course at the Gold coast on 27th of June and the 4th and 11th of July.

    Justices of the Peace provide an invaluable service to communities right across Queensland. For more information, please visit the Queensland Justices Association’s website. 

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