Minister Grace to meet with Cairns tourism reps on water safety

Water safety on the Great Barrier Reef will be in the spotlight next week when Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace meets with Cairns tourism repersentatives, following four snorkeling deaths in the last month. Ms Grace said a renewed focus on snorkeling safety was needed in light of the recent deaths, the last occurring when a…

Supporting Indigenous business in Cape York

The Palaszczuk Government has reaffirmed his commitment to Indigenous Businesses and the jobs they create for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders, providing a $100,000 grant to assist Cape York Timber to secure a business loan. Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt said it was a one-off grant and…

Inaugural Jin Air flight soars into Tropical North Queensland

Korean airline Jin Air has flown into Tropical North Queensland for the first time, welcomed by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Treasurer Curtis Pitt at Cairns Airport this morning. The Premier said the service would provide ease of access for Korean travellers to come to Queensland, adding to the record number of visitors from the region.…

Flashing signs welcomed by Coen State School

Cape York’s Coen State School community has welcomed the installation of flashing school zone signs, reminding motorists to slow down and look out for children. Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the safety of Queensland children on their way to and from schools was a high priority, regardless of whether they lived…

All turbines turning for Mount Emerald Wind Farm

Queensland’s largest wind farm project has reached another milestone, with construction to begin shortly on the 180 Megawatt Mount Emerald Wind Farm in North Queensland. Energy Minister Mark Bailey said the Mount Emerald Wind Farm reaching financial close is another exciting step in Queensland’s renewable energy journey. “The Atherton Tableland’s Mount Emerald Wind Farm is…

Financial support arms SES for storm and cyclone season

State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers will head into storm and cyclone season equipped with essential disaster response equipment thanks to the generous support of Energex, Ergon and Powerlink. Fire and Emergency Services Minister Bill Byrne and Minister for Energy Mark Bailey met with the three energy CEOs for an announcement at Parliament House today. Minister…

Bill Fulton Bridge duplication is on the way

The duplication of Bill Fulton Bridge on Cairns Western Arterial Road is on track to begin in November, with the contract awarded today. Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure Jackie Trad said the $34.2 million project was a priority for the Palaszczuk Government. “Duplicating the Bill Fulton Bridge will improve safety and traffic flow for…

Not-for-profit real estate provides Tablelands investors the chance to give back

Property owners and landlords on the Tablelands will be helping to increase the stock of affordable homes with the launch of a new not-for-profit real estate company based in Mareeba. Speaking at a dinner launching the new Affordable Housing Limited Real Estate, Minister for Housing and Public Works congratulated the Mareeba Community Housing Company on…

Sealing of Cape York’s Peninsula Developmental Road on target

Construction is underway on all four Peninsula Developmental Road (PDR) sealing projects for this year, with earthmoving works having now commenced on the Little Laura to Fairview stretch. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project to seal 4.6 kilometres of the PDR between Little Laura and Fairview is the latest project in…

Indigenous sports programs leading international field

Cairns Hockey and the National Rugby League have been shortlisted as international finalists in the prestigious Beyond Sport Awards. Treasurer and Minister for Sport Curtis Pitt said both organisations had made it through to the final round of the ‘Governing Body of the Year’ category and praised their commitment to improving the lives of Indigenous…