Congratulations to Sue Wallace, Principal of EPSHS, for being nominated as Everton's Inspiring Woman.
Sue is a fantastic role model, and is an asset to our community. She is well deserving of this recognition.
It was a pleasure to have the school leaders of Everton Park SS, Albany Hills SS, Albany Creek SS and Eatons Hill SS at Parliament House yesterday.
I'm looking forward to having more school leaders from Everton visit in the next coming weeks.
The Great Barrier Reef —one of the world’s most beautiful and biodiverse natural wonders—makes an enormous contribution to Queenslanders’ economic and social wellbeing.
The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring this precious icon is conserved—to international standards—for future generations while continuing to contribute to the state’s prosperity.
To read more facts about what the Government is doing to protect the read, click on the below fact sheets:
We had a great turn out at Teralba Park for Clean Up Australia Day.
Thank you to those volunteers who came along and supported this event.
New legislation passed in State Parliament this week will crack down on wild suburban parties that often lead to senseless violence and property damage.
These new laws will punish the organisers of out-of-control parties, often advertised on social media sites like Facebook, which spiral out of control.
The laws will target those who try to profiteer from young people, by holding these unsupervised parties with little regard to the safety and security of guests, the neighbourhood or police.
Under the new laws, a person who organises a party that becomes an out-of-control event, their parents or gate crashers face a maximum penalty of 12 months jail or $12,100.
If police face aggravated and violence circumstances when shutting down wild parties, the party organisers may face fine up to $18,150 and three years in prison.
The new laws are all part of the Newman Government's commitment to make Queensland the safest place to raise a family.
The QPS will launch a social media campaign targeting young people to educate them on the new laws.
For tips on how to responsibly plan a party, visit the QPS website: www.police.qld.gov.au
Round three of the Get Started program (as part of the Get in the Game initiative) is now open!
I am calling on all locals to make 2014 the year their children Get Started in sport and recreation. Get Started was designed to encourage more young people to get into sport or recreation, and to ease the financial burden on families.
Get Started officially opens for applications at 10am on 10 February and provides vouchers valued up to $150 to help kids whose families can least afford for them to join a sport or recreation club.
The Newman Government is supporting active participation through their flagship $47 million Get in the Game initiative, which is helping to lower the cost of living for Queenslanders by reducing the costs of club registrations and funding better sports equipment and infrastructure.
The first two rounds of the Get Started program have seen almost 19,000 vouchers redeemed at sport or recreation clubs.
For more information on how to apply for a Get Started voucher, visit www.nprsr.qld.gov.au
Thank you to everyone who has shared their views on drug and alcohol fuelled violence. We have listened to your feedback and have launched a survey to help finalise the Government's response. Even if you have already had your say, please take a few minutes to complete the survey and share it with your friends and family.
You can find the survey here: http://qld.gov.au/alcoholviolencesurvey
I welcomed a petition handed to me from Albany Creek State School P&C president, Kerri-Lee Halas to help improve the safety of the many young students and parents who journey to and from ACSS.
The petition requests the House to introduce a 40km school zone on Albany Creek Road and to install flashing warning lights to alert drivers.
I would like to acknowledge the number of supporters behind this proposal and I will be submitting the petition to parliament during the next sitting week.
This weekend I had the pleasure of presenting ACE Soccer Club Inc President, Claude Sorbello, with a cheque for $100,000, through the Get in the Game Get Playing program.
Albany Creek Excelsior (ACE) Football Club will use the money towards the building of new dressing rooms. ACE has over 1200 junior players and this grant will help them cater for their growing membership.
Get in the Game is all about increasing participation in sport, and you can find out more about the grants offered, at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/funding/getinthegame
Everton Electorate Office
510 South Pine Road
Everton Park Qld 4053
Ph: (07) 3855-1133
Fax: (07) 3855-1280
Parking is available at the back of the office, accessible from Gordon Pde (second driveway from South Pine Rd).
Minister for Housing & Public Works
GPO Box 2457
Brisbane Qld 4001
Ph: (07) 3719-7270
Fax: (07) 3220-6239
Community groups, schools or sporting clubs are welcome to borrow my 3x3 marquee for events.
Please contact my office to organise the loan.
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