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Cost of Living – Ted addresses parliament

by Ted Sorensen
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Mr SORENSEN (Hervey Bay—LNP) (9.01 pm): Nothing cripples my valued Hervey Bay constituents’ cost-of-living challenges more than government red tape, and this state laboured and struggled under a giant trawler net of red tape for far too long. I am proud to be part of a government with excellent management experience and skills that has made the slashing of red and green tape a major focus. Our cost-of-living scorecard is, frankly, fabulous. For instance, we have provided $620 million in 2013-14 to the community service obligation payments. This now ensures that all Queenslanders pay the same price for their electricity […]

EVEN MORE RED TAPE SLASHED…TMR provides speedy customer service

by Ted Sorensen
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Renewing your driver’s licence at a Transport and Main Roads centre is quicker and easier according to latest Queensland Government Quarterly Update results.  Five minutes had been shaved off the average wait times at TMR Customer Service Centres in the past two years as part of our election promise to revitalise front line services.  Under our government Queenslanders are waiting less to access simple services like renewing a drivers’ licence or paying car registration.  In two years we have turned around Labor’s poor record on customer service wait times by almost 40 per cent.  We are providing a quicker service […]

Fraser Coasters invited to nominate for prestigious Cultural Diversity awards

by Ted Sorensen
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 Ted Sorensen, Hervey Bay MP, is encouraging locals to nominate, or nominate someone they know for this year’s Queensland Cultural Diversity Awards.  Ted Sorensen said applications were now open for the awards, which recognise individuals and organisations who have contributed to greater understanding and acceptance of our State’s unique cultural diversity.  “The awards are a meaningful opportunity to recognise contributions and achievements of individuals and organisations which support strong diverse communities across Queensland,” he said.  “There are 13 award categories this year which will recognise the broad variety of work and achievements that are indicative of our state’s cultural diversity.” […]

New public-private cancer treatment centre

by Ted Sorensen
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Fresh State Government funding of $3.7 million annually will launch a public-private partnership project for cancer treatment across the region. Health Minister Laurence Springborg was in Hervey Bay this week to roll out the good news that will significantly extend radiation oncology services through the Wide Bay. Mr Springborg said locals would be able to receive cancer treatment here rather than have to travel to Brisbane. “This new annual funding will see the private sector engaged. It will be a great partnership between the health sector and the private sector,” he said. Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen, who joined Mr […]

Queensland’s Youth Strategy latest news…

by Ted Sorensen
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Check out this website for an important update to the government’s strategy.   http://www.communities.qld.gov.au/communityservices/youth/queensland-youth-strategy-connecting-young-queenslanders

Better care for Queensland’s sickest children

by Ted Sorensen
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 Kids with complex health needs will have better access to specialists from today with the announcement of a statewide care team that will help families across Queensland. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the new Connected Care Program aimed to improve access to quality care for every young person regardless of where they lived, and delivered on the Queensland Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services.  “This key initiative of Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service’s expanded statewide role will ensure a child’s care is managed seamlessly across acute, community and primary healthcare sectors,” Mr Springborg said.  “Streamlining care will […]

What is stopping you from quitting?

by Ted Sorensen
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A new advertising campaign targeted at 25 to 44 year-olds, is seeking the further reduce Queensland’s smoking rates. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the $1.65 million campaign would tell smokers the rest of Queensland has quit and ‘it’s time you did too’. “These ads send an emotional message rather than using graphic images to shock smokers into quitting,” Mr Springbord said. “They show how smoking can mean missing out on an event and how it can affect your family. “Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death and illness in Queensland, with half of all long-term smokers dying […]

Building industry to benefit from cuts to red tape

by Ted Sorensen
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 The State’s construction industry has received a boost, with new legislation making it easier, quicker and more cost-effective to connect to the water and sewerage system.  Water Supply Mark McArdle said the Water Supply Services Legislation Amendment Act will help speed up and simplify development approvals for building projects of all sizes.  “We promised at the election to grow construction as one of the four pillars of the economy and to cut red tape and these reforms deliver,” Mr McArdle said.  “Under the previous Labor government, water and sewerage connections in south east Queensland had to be approved by the […]

Property reforms an easy sell for Queensland

by Ted Sorensen
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 Buying a property or vehicle in Queensland will be a whole lot easier thanks to new laws passed by the State Government in Parliament last night. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said splitting the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Acts (2000) into separate industry-specific Bills meant an end to the ‘one size fits all’ approach that has burdened Queenslanders with unnecessary red tape when making big purchases.  “This is a win-win for everyone and finally simplifies the stifling regulations that existed under Labor,” Mr Bleijie said.   “Buying a house or car is one of the biggest decisions we […]

$3 million incentive to boost vaccination rates

by Ted Sorensen
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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. While our state-wide vaccination rates are among the best in Australia, the government plans local strategies to lift rates of inoculation to a new level. Latest figures show Queensland is ahead of the national vaccination rate in all categories up to five years of age. So a key plank of the new vaccination strategy for us is a bonus system to reward hospital and health boards for effective strategies that boost local rates. From […]

Time will not weary war memorials

by Ted Sorensen
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Local   custodians will be able to carry out essential maintenance on memorials  honouring Queenslanders who have died in war, ensuring many more people will   have the opportunity to enjoy them for generations to come. Minister   for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said the Queensland   Government would provide exemption certificates for custodians of   heritage-listed memorials, as well as guidelines for the maintenance of   significant sites of remembrance. “Responsibility   of caring for war memorials lies mainly with local governments or to the many   dedicated members of the community such as volunteers and Returned […]

Funding aids life-saving snake venom research

by Ted Sorensen
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Ground-breaking research that uses deadly snake venom in blood testing technology is one of the projects being boosted by the Queensland Government’s $990,000 support over three years for the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF). Minister for Science and Innovation Ian Walker said the Fund supported the commercialisation of research in Australia’s medical institutes and hospitals, enabling the leap from the laboratory to the marketplace. “It often takes time before medical breakthroughs that could benefit thousands of people are commercially available, but the Queensland Government wants to speed that up,” Mr Walker said. “We want to turn great ideas into great […]

Queensland the standout state in jobs creation

by Ted Sorensen
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ABS labour force figures again show Queensland is leading Australia in employment growth.  Treasurer Tim Nicholls said Queensland had created more jobs than any other state over the past year. “In the 12 months to March 2014 Queensland created more jobs than any other state, in both trend and seasonally adjusted terms,” Mr Nicholls said. “Today’s strong result again shows the Newman Government’s plan to grow a four-pillar economy, after years of neglect by Labor, is working. “Under Labor, Queensland consistently had the highest unemployment rate in mainland Australia. “Under the LNP, seasonally adjusted employment has increased by 61,000 in […]

Streamlined conditions better for the environment and operators

by Ted Sorensen
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Reduced red tape for petroleum operators will pave the way for jobs growth in Queensland, delivering on key Government election promises, without impacting the environment Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said significant work had been done to streamline model conditions while maintaining appropriate environmental protections. “One of the key aspects of our election commitment to grow a four-pillar economy was our promise to reduce red tape and regulation by 20 per cent over six years, Mr Powell said. “These changes will go a long way towards delivering on that promise while maintaining high environmental standards in a […]

Ted talks in parliament on Hervey Bay economy

by Ted Sorensen
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Mr SORENSEN (Hervey Bay—LNP) (3.20 pm): While Queensland’s economic growth continues to outstrip the rest of Australia I am proud to say that my electorate of Hervey Bay is riding on a new wave of financial good fortune. This government has delivered on its promise to power up the economy after two scary decades of Labor’s botched economic management. We are streaking ahead of the rest of Australia at 4.1 per cent economic growth, compared to the nation’s 1.9 per cent. In Hervey Bay we are powering ahead: the brand new St Stephen’s Hospital worth about $100 million is being […]

Two years of red tape reduction in Queensland

by Ted Sorensen
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Queenslanders are marking two years of better business, with the Queensland Government’s red tape reduction program continuing to empower local industry and communities. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the latest report card on red tape reduction showed the Government was on track to deliver on its commitment to reduce red tape by 20 per cent by 2018. “By removing unnecessary regulation, reducing compliance costs and simplifying processes, we are freeing up businesses, community groups and individuals to focus on what matters; building a great State, with great opportunities,” Mr Nicholls said. “We have already started work on more than 500 reforms, […]

Second-round of scholarships to support Queensland women

by Ted Sorensen
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Queensland women are set to break into traditionally male-dominated industries with the announcement of 120 second-round scholarships under the Queensland Government’s Supporting Women Scholarships program. Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek congratulated the latest recipients during a presentation at Parliament House today. “Opportunities like the Supporting Women Scholarships program are vitally important for growing a four pillar economy in Queensland and driving future economic growth,” Mr Langbroek said. “The program shapes education and training pathways for women in some of the state’s core growth industries including agricultural studies, architecture, building, engineering and information technology. “The second…

An excerpt from Wide Bay Wave, a Queensland Health publication.

by Ted Sorensen
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AFTER weeks of media hype and continued Labor Opposition propaganda that our ICU is closing down – which it is not – the last thing any of us want in my first Wide Bay Wave column is politics. So instead, Wide Bay Health staff and consultants, take a big bow. This is why. Mary lives in Hervey Bay and recently confided in me that she is only alive today because of Wide Bay Health workers’ life-saving efforts – three times – and the fourth time, at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane. All this happened last year. But, she says, it […]

Literacy and numeracy support for apprentices and trainees

by Ted Sorensen
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Wide Bay Institute of TAFE students are benefiting from a $5 million Queensland Government initiative providing extra literacy and numeracy support for apprentices and trainees. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the program had been rolled out in TAFEs and Registered Training Organisations across the state and had proven to be a huge success. “Strong literacy and numeracy skills are vital to success in any working environment; whether you’re behind a desk or on the tools,” Mr Langbroek said. “Even as apprentices develop the core skills associated with their trade, we know that a lack of literacy […]

Tougher penalties for animal cruelty

by Ted Sorensen
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Animal torturers will face up to seven years jail under a tough new offence designed to protect all of Queensland’s creatures, great and small. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the new offence would nearly double the penalty for existing animal cruelty offences. “Animals feel fear and pain just like us and inflicting suffering on them is inexcusable,” Mr Bleijie said. “To many of us, animals are part of the family and they deserve to be protected from people who think it’s okay to hurt them. “The new indictable offence of serious animal cruelty will carry a maximum […]

Workplaces to get a healthy funding boost

by Ted Sorensen
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Hervey Bay businesses that think outside the lunchbox and promote a better lifestyle for their workers are eligible for a share of $1.4m in grants under the Working for Wellness Program. Member for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen, says the funding program encourages businesses to develop ways to make their workplaces healthier and happier. “A healthy workplace benefits everyone.  Healthier workers are not only three times more productive, their quality of life is improved at home too,” Mr Sorensen said. “Safety in the workplace doesn’t just mean injury prevention. It’s also about promoting healthy diet choices and physical exercise to reduce […]

Grant helps keep Fraser Island clean

by Ted Sorensen
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Fraser Island beaches will receive a clean-up thanks to the Newman Government’s Everyone’s Environment grant program.  Member for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorenson, said Ocean Watch Australia had received funding of $40,000 under Round One of the program.  “Ocean Watch Australia will use its funding to help improve the health of Fraser Island by removing marine debris from beaches, mangroves and bays,” Mr Sorensen said.  “These grants are invaluable to local communities and provide an opportunity that never existed under Labor to care for the local, community-based projects.  “The Ocean Watch project also aims to raise awareness within the local community, […]

Queensland’s training sector to be modernised

by Ted Sorensen
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The  Queensland Government is continuing to revitalise the state’s vocational   education and training (VET) with the introduction of a new Bill in Parliament today. Minister   for Education Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said that, if   passed, the Further Education and Training Bill 2014 would repeal the Vocational Education, Training and   Employment Act 2000 and introduce modern legislation regulating  apprentices and trainees. Mr Langbroek said the new Bill would reduce red tape, remove unnecessary regulation,   and better support industry, employers and individuals, especially in   relation to apprenticeships and traineeships. “The   Newman Government is delivering on its $86 million […]

New app to save lives

by Ted Sorensen
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A NEW app that allows Hervey Bay residents to lodge requests for assistance with the SES instead of calling 132 500, is now available. Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen said today the State Emergency Services app was “an important innovation” to saving lives. “The app automatically finds a user’s location, with requests sent directly to the SES regions for response and potentially avoids callers in emergency situations waiting on hold,” he said. The app is available on both android and iPhone, with the following links for devices – iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/ses-assistance-qld/id704964892?mt=8 Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.qld.emergency.incident.ses.assistance&hl=en Ted Sorensen said the…

Nominations open for science awards

by Ted Sorensen
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Nominations are now open for the 2014 Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education and Fraser Coaststudents and teachers are encouraged to enter. Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen said today the awards recognised Year 12 students, science teachers, support officers, schools and science education partners who make outstanding contributions to science education. “This year, 27 awards worth a total of $109,000 are available in five categories,” Mr Sorensen said.  The highly-respected awards, now in their 11th year, helped highlight the importance of science in our schools as well as its relevance to Queensland’s prosperity, he said. The […]

Hervey Bay residents encouraged to download a destination

by Ted Sorensen
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QUEENSLAND’S world class tourism attractions and visitor information centres are now just a click away following the launch of a free smartphone application. The Visitor Information Centre app launched this week will give tourists a range of information tailored to their location. Member for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen said the free app was a perfect opportunity to showcase Hervey Bay’s finest events, attractions, tours and restaurants. “This free app will ensure tourists get the timely information they need to have the best possible Hervey Bay holiday experience,” he said. “The Visitor Information Centre app is a perfect example of industry […]

Queensland economic growth strongest in the nation

by Ted Sorensen
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Queensland’s economic growth continues to  outstrip the rest of Australia, with new figures showing the economy had the   strongest growth in the nation over the year to the September quarter 2013. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said it showed the   Newman Government was delivering on its promise to supercharge the economy   after 20 years of Labor’s failed economic management. “The Queensland economy grew by 4.1 per   cent during this period, compared to 1.9 per cent for the rest of Australia   over the same time,” Mr Nicholls said. “Looking at figures for the September quarter, Queensland Gross State Product increased […]

The 2014 Innovation Awards open now

by Paula
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You are invited to submit a nomination for The 2014 Innovation Awards which aim to recognise and showcase individuals and organisations in four categories. 1.  Economic Development Award – Sponsored by The Regional Development Company 2.  Planning and Building Award 3.  Environment and Sustainability Award 4.  Community Development Award – Sponsored by Charles Sturt University The 2014 Innovation Awards judging panel include; Ms Susan Benedyka – Founder, Managing Director, The Regional Development Company Pty Ltd (RDC) Mr Cameron Little – Lecturer, University of New South Wales Mr Tony McBurney – Director, Integrated Design Group Who can apply? Representatives from all types of organisations […]

Online portal to provide G20 updates

by Paula
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  Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services The Honourable Jack Dempsey Queenslanders can now access everything they need to know about the G20 after a dedicated blog was launched this morning, February 18. Police,  Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey said the G20 blog would be   part of the myPolice online portal, allowing G20 Group organisers to   communicate directly with the public. “I know   a lot of Queenslanders have many questions about how the G20 events may   affect them and this blog provides a place for police to provide all the   information people may be […]

Funding available for local economic development

by Paula
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February 12, 2014  MULTICULTURAL groups in Hervey Bay, along with the Fraser Coast Regional Council can secure Queensland Government funding for projects which promote economic opportunities for people from culturally diverse backgrounds.  Ted Sorensen, Member for Hervey Bay, said today that applications for grants up to $40,000 under the Economic Participation Grants Program had opened. “The grants will be directed towards projects which support economic independence and participation as well as business development for migrants and refugees,” Mr Sorensen said. “The program is structured to encourage councils to work with local multicultural groups to develop programs which address specific local […]