‘Don’t let concern become regret – make the call to DVConnect’: That’s the message from Communities Minister Tracy Davis in the lead up to Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month 2014.
The aim is for every Queenslander to stay safe from domestic and family violence, which can include non-physical abuse as well as physical violence.
We want people to recognise the warning signs of domestic and family violence if it is happening to someone they know, and to call the DVConnect statewide hotline for advice if they suspect abuse is occurring.
To get help for yourself or someone you know, make the call to DVConnect Womensline on 1800 811 811 or Mensline on 1800 600 636.
A $3 million incentive to improve vaccination rates has been posted by the State Government in a bid to inspire local strategies that protect young Queenslanders.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said that while our state-wide vaccination rates are among the best in Australia, Queensland plans local strategies to lift rates of inoculation to a new level.
From July 1, local hospital and health services that improve vaccination rates will be able to share part of the $3 million in additional funding. Current Queensland vaccination rates range from 90.7 per cent among babies aged 12-15 months to 92.8 per cent of five-year olds. The national equivalent rates are 89.7 per cent and 92 per cent respectively.
The overall strength of the state-wide performance can be improved by concentrating on local vaccination levels.
To read more about this new incentive, click here.
I am encouraging Everton residents to get involved and have their say about the State’s debt reduction strategy as part of the Strong Choices discussion.
The interactive People’s Budget website tool is the next step in continuing the conversation with Queenslanders on the Strong Choices we face to secure our future and pay down the $80 billion in debt accumulated over the last ten years.
The Government will take into account submissions when formulating a Draft Strong Choices Plan to be tabled in Queensland Parliament at the next State Budget, on June 3, 2014.
Queenslanders have until Monday 19 May to go online at www.StrongChoices.qld.gov.au, to use the People’s Budget tool and make a submission.
To read the Treasurer's statement about the Strong Choices Community Forums, click here.
More than 60,000 residents of retirement villages and manufactured home parks now have access to a new service to help them understand their rights.
In a Queensland first, the Park and Village Information Link program will provide free legal advice on rights and responsibilities under the Retirement Villages Act 1999 and the Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003.
Caxton Legal Centre will be providing this service, as they are a Queensland-based not-for-profit which specialises in legal matters relating to older people’s welfare.
Residents can contact Caxton Legal Centre on 3214 6333 or visit their website – www.caxton.org.au.for useful information and contacts.
There are just under two weeks left to provide feedback on the Government’s Safe Night Out Strategy.
The Strategy and the feedback form can be found at https://