• Biggera Waters State School Student Leaders

    This morning I had the pleasure of presenting badges to Biggera Waters State School’s 2017 Student Leaders. I’m sure those elected will be a positive influence on their school and peers, and deliver great things for Biggera Waters in 2017!

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    Biggera Waters State School Safer Grants Funding

    Students at Biggera Waters State School can look forward to a safer school environment with a funding boost from the Suncorp Safer Streets Grant program.

    State Member for Broadwater, Verity Barton MP, and the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, the Honourable Jack Dempsey MP today announced that Biggera Waters State School P&C Association have been successful in their application for funding from the Suncorp Safer Streets Grant program. They have been awarded $9,966.

    This money will be used to install security cameras at the school to reduce incidents of property crime, vandalism, unauthorised access and reduce the fear of crime among staff, students and visitors.

    “This is fantastic news for the local school community,” Miss Barton said. “This money will go a long way to ensuring the staff, students and grounds of Biggera Waters State School will feel and be safer.”

    “I congratulate the P&C for their work in getting this grant and thank Suncorp for their support of this great school. The Can-Do LNP Government is committed to ensuring Queensland is the safest place to live, work and raise a family and we’re proud to support programs such as this one which promote safety in our community.”

    The grants, which range from $1,000 to $10,000, are available to help local communities develop and implement projects that improve road safety and help reduce crime and fear of crime in Queensland.

    For more information or to see a full list of recipients please visit



  • Runaway Bay Library

    Libraries funded for the future

    Families in Broadwater can rely on their local library to continue and improve its services after the State delivered $68.4 million funding to 319 public libraries.

    Verity Barton MP, State Member for Broadwater said the funding, including $1,992,849 for Gold Coast City Council, would ensure Queensland’s public libraries would retain their lead as innovative, social and virtual learning spaces.

    “Even though we inherited a huge debt, the Newman Government has continued to prioritise what is important to Broadwater families,” Miss Barton said.

    “Libraries are the cornerstones of lifelong learning throughout the state and this money will support public libraries in 72 councils across Queensland.”

    Arts Minister Ian Walker said the funding would help to develop high-quality library collections electronically, as well as in print, across many genres.

    “Libraries can apply to spend up to 50 per cent of the grant in any year on a priority project such as redesigning library spaces or to foster the library’s role as a technology centre for all,” Mr Walker said.
    “We’re working with councils around the state to help develop the best libraries to suit local needs.

    “Supporting our public libraries is part of the State Government’s drive to provide arts for all Queenslanders.”

    Mr Walker said the public library grants were calculated based on populations, with a number of weightings applied for population age, growth rate and location.