Two hospitals on the books for QLD region

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has announced the government will be locked in to developing two hospitals, one in conjunction with a private health organisation.   According to the Premier a contract has been locked in to develop the new private hospital at Kawana, with Ramsay Health Care, which is one of the largest private hospital […]

Lucas takes on Local Government

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has unveiled her new Cabinet, following the recent resignation of two senior ministers. The reshaped Cabinet included portfolio responsibilities for three new ministers as well as changes to portfolios. Deputy Prime Minister Paul Lucas was handed responsibility for the local government portfolio, while the Premier took on Minister for Reconstruction. Ms Bligh […]

Local Government Minister quits cabinet

Queensland Local Government Minister and Cairns MP, Desley Boyle, has resigned from her post. Ms Boyle announced on Thursday she would retire from the frontbench. She said she would not contest the next election, which is due to be held in March 2012 “I assure the people of Cairns that I will represent their interests […]

Negotiations underway for extra NDRRA funding

By Angela Dorizas Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has taken up local government’s campaign for additional funding under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Ms Bligh met with Prime Minister Julia Gillard earlier this week to seek NDRRA funding for the repair and reconstruction of local government’s water, sewerage and transport infrastructure. Ms Bligh told Parliament […]

North Queensland braces for Yasi

Communities in North Queensland are bracing for tropical cyclone Yasi. In its latest forecast, the Bureau of Meterology (BOM) warned that the large and powerful Category 3 cyclone is expected to slowly intensify overnight as it moves westward over the Coral Sea. Damaging winds with gusts up to 90 km/hr are expected to extend further […]

Royal commission inquiry into flood crisis

By Angela Dorizas The unprecedented flood crisis in Queensland will be the subject of an independent commission of inquiry, Premier Anna Bligh has announced. With the powers of a Royal Commission, the Inquiry will seek submissions from the public, summon witnesses, compel the production of documents and issue search warrants. The Commission will make recommendations in […]

Disaster assistance extended across Southern Queensland

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has announced that flood assistance grants and concessional loans for primary producers and small businesses have now been extended to the local government areas across the majority of southern QLD.   The extension allows 22 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and four partial LGAs in Queensland where primary producers and small businesses […]

Qld mothers receive paid breastfeeding breaks

By Angela Dorizas The Queensland Government has introduced a new breastfeeding policy for its public service, providing paid lactation breaks and a private, clean breastfeeding space for working mothers. Premier Anna Bligh said the new policy, developed in conjunction with Queensland Health and the Public Service Commission, would apply to all government employees. “This policy […]

New transparency laws for ministerial staff in Queensland

The Queensland Government has vowed to strengthen transparency and accountability measures in the state’s political system. Premier Anna Bligh introduced in Parliament today the second tranche of Integrity Reform Bills. “We want Queenslanders to have confidence in our political process going forward,” Ms Bligh said in a statement. “This is about building a stronger, modern […]

Gateway upgrade is bridging a great divide

By Katrina Ganin In a remarkable infrastructure feat, Brisbane, one of Australia’s fastest growing cities is set to benefit from an extension to the Gateway Bridge crossing the Brisbane River, two years ahead of schedule. A new bridge forms part of the $1.88 billion Gateway Upgrade Project, the largest road and bridge project in Queensland’s […]

Far North Qld in dire need of state support

 Image: Tourism Queensland. State Government stimulus is needed to help improve unemployment and invigorate the local economy in far North Queensland, the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has said. A report sponsored by the LGAQ has shown Far North Queensland is still suffering the effects of the tourism downturn with an unemployment rate of 12.5 […]

Queensland looks to regions for future growth

By Angela Dorizas Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has announced a regionalisation strategy for the state to manage future growth. In her closing remarks to the Queensland Growth Management Summit, Ms Bligh said the South East Queensland Plan had already demonstrated the benefits of regionalisation strategies. “Recent ABS data has shown that the South East Queensland […]

LGAQ slams developers’ scare campaign

By Staff Writer The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has accused developers of manufacturing a crisis to destabalise the South-East Queensland Regional Growth Management Plan. LGAQ executive director Greg Hallam said that the development industry lobby was leading a baseless campaign against council infrastructure charges across the state. "The state government and SEQ councils […]

Amalgamated councils renew calls for state assistance

By Rob O’Brien Queensland’s councils amalgamated by the state government in March last year are still waiting for badly-needed government financial support, the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has said. LGAQ president, Cr Paul Bell, said Premier Anna Bligh had asked councils to make submissions for additional financial assistance to cope with the process […]


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