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Queensland Government pumps millions into Southern Downs water security

The Palaszczuk Government is investing millions to keep taps flowing in the Southern Downs with the Premier today announcing a $20 million drought resilience package for the region. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said while recent rain had provided much needed relief to the Southern Downs region including good inflows into Leslie, Connolly and Storm King Dams, it hasn’t been enough to solve long-term water security issues for the Southern Downs. “In late 2019, in response to low supplies in the region’s dams, my Government committed to plan for a new pipeline from Toowoomba to Warwick,” the Premier said. “This commitment was in addition to $15 million in emergency assistance provided to cart water into Stanthorpe. “It’s great news that water carting is no longer needed with Storm King Dam now at 100 per cent capacity but our commitment to provide water security to the wider Southern Downs region still stands. “That’s why today I’m announcing the next step in providing water security for

World’s largest macadamia processor will expand its Bundaberg facility

Marquis Macadamias Food processing company Photo google  Maps With people around the globe going nuts for Australian macadamias, the world’s largest macadamia processor will expand its Bundaberg facility and create 40 new jobs, backed by the Palaszczuk Government. Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said support through the government’s $175 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund will help Marquis Macadamias increase their processing capacity by 25 per cent. “Global appetite for our macadamias is huge, and Marquis’ $13.3 million expansion will ensure local growers can take a bigger bite of export opportunities,” Mr Dick said. “This project will take Marquis’ annual processing capacity from 12,000 to 15,000 tonnes, allowing them to get more Queensland macadamias onto shelves and into households across the world. “As part of the expansion, Marquis will build a new cold storage warehouse, specialised bulk drying and packing facilities, and a solar farm to generate power for

Queensland Disaster assistance extended to communities and primary producers

Queensland Floods Photo YouTube Disaster assistance has been extended to assist the recovery of additional communities and primary producers following the heavy rainfall and flash flooding in Southern Queensland last month. Assistance is being delivered through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the DRFA assistance would provide financial support in the form of freight subsidies and concessional loans to help primary producers in Goondiwindi. "Cotton growers in our border towns were heavily impacted by this extreme weather event, particularly in the Texas region where hundreds of hectares were badly damaged or completely wiped out," Minister Littleproud said. “Primary producers can now access concessional loans of up $250,000 to repair or replace damaged buildings or plant and equipment affected by the flooding and essential working capital loans of up to $100,000. “Frei

Queensland Easter holiday camping good to go

Camping in Queensland, Check the Weather Forecasts First Camping at Queensland’s iconic national parks and forests is good to go this Easter with the end of lockdown in Greater Brisbane and easing of COVID19 restrictions announced today. Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Meaghan Scanlon said national park and forest camping areas state-wide were currently at 70.9% capacity for the Easter long weekend, about double January capacities. An additional 500 camping spots have become available at Inskip Point in the Cooloola Recreation Area just in time for the Easter long weekend. “Many of our more popular camping areas like Teewah Beach and Bribie Island are booked out for Easter, but there are still many other national parks and forests with camping sites still available,” Minister Scanlon said. “Our online booking system will be updated to reflect the eased restrictions and ensure that as many people as possible can get into the great outdoors. “Our campgrounds allow

Woolworths Covid response 60,000 free face masks to the Torres Strait and 12,000 to Palm Island People

Woolworths Supermarket Photo by Blow the Truth Businesses including Woolworths have been praised for helping the COVID response by delivering more than 60,000 free face masks to the Torres Strait and 12,000 to Palm Island and Doomadgee. Deputy Premier Steven Miles thanked Woolies, Community Enterprise Queensland and Hinterland Aviation for their heart-warming efforts. “When it became clear that some of our most remote and at-risk communities were struggling to source enough masks, we put the call out to business to help,” Mr Miles said. “An industry solution was brokered last yesterday to supply 60,000 masks - at no cost - to community to the Torres Straits and Northern Peninsular Area. “This is through collaboration between Woolworths, who will supply the masks from their staff supply, and Community Enterprise Queensland - who operate stores across the region. “I want to say a big Queensland thank you to all involved. Masks are important and Woolies didn’t hesitate to lend a helping h

Easter in Queensland good to go, lockdown lifts at 12 noon today

Cavill Mall Surfers Paradise Photo Blow the Truth The Greater Brisbane lockdown lifts at 12 noon today and a number of temporary safety measures will remain in place for all of Queensland. The following restrictions will be in place for two weeks until 12 noon on Thursday 15 April 2021: • You must continue to carry a mask with you whenever you leave home, and wear it in indoor venues • Hospitality venues can open for seated eating and drinking only, and no dancing is allowed • Private gatherings are restricted to 30 people • Businesses can re-open with one person per 2m² • Outdoor events can go ahead with a COVID-safe plan, but masks must be worn if social distancing isn’t possible • Church services will be allowed 100% occupancy with ticketed or allocated seating or adhering to the one per 2m² rule • Restrictions on aged care, hospitals, disability care and correctional facilities will apply with no personal visitors allowed during this period. Thanks to the hard work of Queenslanders

Palaszczuk, Greater Brisbane Covid-19 lockdown and Queensland restrictions

Annastacia Palaszczuk Photo facebook The Greater Brisbane region has now entered a three-day lockdown and increased restrictions are in place across Queensland as evidence of community transmission of the UK strain of COVID-19 continues to emerge. The Greater Brisbane region includes:  Brisbane City Council;  Logan City Council;  Moreton Bay Regional Council;  Ipswich City Council; and  Redland City Council. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the three-day lockdown would be reviewed on Wednesday and allow Queensland Health to carry out vital contact tracing. “This is the UK strain. It is highly infectious. We need to do this now to avoid a longer lockdown,” the Premier said. “Just like the lockdown in January, this is designed to be a circuit breaker to limit community spread as much as possible.” Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the three day lockdown would limit community spread of COVID-19. “With significant community transmission and many venues of concern th

Boeing’s ‘Loyal Wingman’ Airpower Teaming System will be assembled in Queensland

‘Loyal Wingman’ A historic milestone in the development of the Boeing’s ‘Loyal Wingman’ Airpower Teaming System, also known as Loyal Wingman, which will be assembled in Queensland, has been reached following its first successful test flight. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said the first test flight for the Loyal Wingman was undertaken by Boeing Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force at Woomera Range Complex. “Boeing’s Loyal Wingman has taken its maiden flight, which is great news for Queensland and Queensland jobs,” Mr Miles said. “Queensland is set to be the primary assembly place for this unmanned defence aircraft, which is the first military aircraft to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia in more than 50 years.” Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said that it was exciting to see this visionary partnership with Boeing Australia begin to take flight. “This important milestone brings the assembly of the Boeing Airp

Police Video, Vehicle driven into Hervey Bay shopping centre early hour burglary

Queensland Police have released a video of three men they believe could assist in their investigations after a Hervey Bay shopping centre was broken into during the early hours of Friday morning, January 22. Around 3 am a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe was used to force entry into a shopping centre on Central Avenue in Urraween, where it was then driven into the roller door of a jewellery store. Vehicle driven into shopping centre during early hour burglary, Urraween myPolice on  Jan 29, 2021 @ 3:33pm The three men (four in total, including the driver) then stole a quantity of jewellery including diamond pendants consisting of yellow, white and rose gold, earrings, watches and a variety of coloured stones from smashed cabinets. A second vehicle, a blue 2020 Ford Puma was also used during the smash and grab, with the offenders running back and forth between the store and the station wagon. Both vehicles were then driven out the same way they came in via the transit driveway towards Sterling Aven

Palaszczuk Government has announced $200,000 to support Indigenous festivals.

The Palaszczuk Government has announced $200,000 in new funding to support Indigenous festivals, events and jobs for the Year of Indigenous Tourism. Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said applications for event funding were now open. “This is an excellent opportunity to develop existing and new Indigenous tourism experiences and encourage even more visitors to make Queensland their destination of choice,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “With COVID-19 disrupting tourism in 2020, the Palaszczuk Government has extended the Year of Indigenous Tourism to the end of 2021. “The Year of Palaszczuk Government Indigenous tourism Festivals and Events Fund is putting $200,000 on the table to showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture to help tourism rebuild stronger. “We’re looking to invest in innovative events and festivals that encourage off-season tourism and help local communities to thrive.” Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Craig Crawford said over five yea

Queensland race clubs will share $700,000 worth of Government infrastructure grants

Four Central Queensland race clubs --- including the Yeppoon Turf Club -- will share in nearly $700,000 worth of Palaszczuk Government infrastructure grants, generating jobs for local tradies. Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the funds would be shared between Yeppoon Turf Club, Blackwater-Bluff Amateur Race Club, Clermont Race Club and Emerald Jockey Club. “Racing is part of our region’s economy as well as community life, especially in some of our smaller and more isolated towns,” Ms Lauga said. “Apart from supporting local clubs and improving facilities for trainers, jockeys, owners and racegoers, these grants will generate work for local tradies in these communities.” The upgrades are part of $2.8 million worth of grants being distributed statewide to some of Queensland’s smallest and most remote country race clubs. Racing Minister Grace Grace today announced the grants to 37 country clubs from Mareeba in the Far North to Betoota in the south-west. “The Palaszczuk Government’s C

Brisbane three-day lockdown 6 pm tonight to stop the spread of highly contagious UK strain of COVID-19.

Brisbane will enter a three-day lockdown to stop the spread of the highly contagious UK strain of COVID-19. From 6 pm tonight until 6 pm Monday, people in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan will be required to stay at home except: to attend work if you can’t work from home; to buy essentials like groceries and medicine; look after the vulnerable; and exercise within their neighbourhood Masks will also need to be worn everywhere in those local government areas except if people are at home. Cafes, pubs and restaurants will be open only for take-away service. Funerals will be restricted to 20 guests and weddings restricted to 10 guests. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the measures follow confirmation late yesterday that a cleaner from a quarantine hotel had tested positive. “There are no second chances with this pandemic,” the Premier said. “That’s why I’m asking people to have a long weekend at home. “We have learned from Victoria, South A

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