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14 August 2020

Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre underwent a mini-makeover during COVID-19

August 14, 2020 1 Comments

 

Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre underwent a mini-makeover during COVID-19

Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre underwent a mini-makeover during COVID-19 and the redeveloped $1.3 million deck is open for visitors and Good to Go for the start of the long weekend.

Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said that by investing in this great facility, we are not only boosting the tourism industry by funding key infrastructure, but also supporting the economy, with the project creating 80 jobs.

“In total, the Palaszczuk Government has invested $3 million over three years to upgrade facilities at Walkabout Creek,” Minister Enoch said. 

“Our Government is investing $45 million in revitalising infrastructure in National Parks and State Forests to provide new opportunities for Queensland's nature-based ecotourism industry, and boost employment in regional areas.

“This is on top of the additional $8.9 million National Parks Works and Jobs Boost program, to improve existing facilities, and help support tourism and local jobs, of which $250,000 has been earmarked for Walkabout Creek for further visitor upgrades. 

“I also acknowledge the ongoing contribution of the Queensland Parks and Wildlife (QPWS) rangers across the state and for their involvement in opening this popular destination at The Gap.

“Every day these rangers go above and beyond to protect the community, our national parks and the forests, native animals and endangered species and for that, I say thank you,” Minister Enoch said.

Walkabout Creek is a popular day trip destination for locals and tourists alike, with beautiful walking tracks, a reservoir for swimming, cycle tracks, and a BMX beginner skills course.

Walkabout Creek is just 12 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD, so on this long weekend, you don’t have to travel far to experience the natural beauty of this state.  

Catering partner Cuisine on Cue will be able to reopen its doors and the new deck will once again become a social hub where visitors can enjoy the ambience of the natural D’Aguilar bush.

Cuisine on Cue Managing Director Anna Morrow said: “After the devastating effects of COVID-19 for our business, we are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to our café and creating much-needed jobs in the hospitality industry.”

“Cuisine on Cue is privileged to work alongside QPWS on this exciting relaunch in such a stunning Brisbane location,” Ms Morrow said.


Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch
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09 April 2020

Retail tenants will be protected from evictions to protect jobs unveiled by the Government.

April 09, 2020 0 Comments
Retail tenants will be protected from evictions to protect jobs unveiled by the Government.

Commercial and retail tenants will be protected from evictions under a series of measures to protect businesses and jobs unveiled by the Palaszczuk Government.
Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the measures would be underpinned by $400 million in land tax relief for property owners, which must be passed on to tenants.
That $400 million comes on top of more than $3 billion in measures already announced by the Palaszczuk Government to support Queensland businesses and jobs.
“We’ve heard loud and clear the concerns of people worried about losing their home or business premises through no fault of their own, so we’ve been working hard to put protections in place to stop that happening,” Ms Trad said.
“Since February, we have announced more than $3 billion in measures to sustain businesses through the coronavirus downturn, but when it’s over, they need to know their shops and tenancies are still there.
“Whether they’ve been required to close their doors or not, many businesses have seen their cash flow dry up, making it harder to pay the rent.
“To ensure commercial or residential property owners don’t face undue hardship on their own, we will be offering a three-month rebate of land tax for 2019-20, followed by a three month deferral of land tax 2020-21 for property owners who agree to provide rent relief for tenants affected by the coronavirus downturn.”
A landowner can apply for land tax relief if they meet criteria including:
  •         the landowner rents all or part of a property to a tenant/s OR all or part of a property is currently available for lease; AND
  •         at least one tenant’s ability to pay their normal rent OR the landowner’s ability to secure a tenant is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; AND
  •         the landowner provides rent relief to an affected tenant/s commensurate with the amount of the land tax rebate OR if the property is unable to be leased, the landowner requires land tax relief to meet their financial obligations (such as debt repayments); AND
  •         the landowner complies with new leasing requirements, even if the relevant lease is not regulated.
Property Council Queensland Executive Director, Chris Mountford, said the land tax relief was an effective way for the Government to support businesses through this crisis. 
“By granting this relief, landlords will have a greater capacity to support tenants that have been adversely affected COVID-19, taking pressure off their cash flow at this critical time,” Mr Mountford said.
“We know the circumstances that landlords and tenants are finding themselves in vary greatly. A ‘one size fits all’ approach to these challenges simply does not work.   
“Today’s announcements are a demonstration that the State Government is stepping up and supporting tenants and landlords as they work this through.  
“The Queensland Government is rightly encouraging outcomes that ensure the economic impact is shared fairly among tenants, landlords, financiers, and the Government.” 
The Deputy Premier said the ban on eviction would be underpinned by new laws.
“We’ll make changes to legislation that will ban evictions on the grounds of financial distress, prevent rent increases, except in cases where business turnover has increased, and allow leases to be extended for the term of a rent waiver that has been agreed to by property owner and tenant,” Ms Trad said.
“By working together, we can protect homes, businesses and jobs as much as possible through this downturn.”
From next Tuesday (14 April) morning people will be able to apply for land tax relief, by going to qld.gov.au/landtax
The Palaszczuk Government has also announced a package of measures to ensure residential tenants don’t lose their homes as a result of COVID-19 hardship.
Queensland will move quickly to legislate to implement protections for retail, commercial and residential tenants.
The Prime Minister has released the SME Leasing Principles During COVID-19 as outlined in the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct, as attached here.
The Palaszczuk Government will consult with stakeholders on the development of systems and implementation of the code in Queensland.

Media Release

Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Jackie Trad 
 Media Statements QLD  qld.gov.au 

04 December 2019

$9 million to upgrade energy supply for shell forging plant in Maryborough

December 04, 2019 1 Comments
$9 million to upgrade energy supply and connection for shell forging plant in Maryborough

The Palaszczuk Government is investing $9 million to upgrade energy supply and connection for a soon-to-be-built shell forging plant in Maryborough, supporting industrial growth in the region.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said investing to ensure local industries could continue and expand was investing in future jobs.
"We want to see more jobs in more industries," the Premier said.
"We announced support for the timber industry when we were here for community cabinet and now we're giving even more support to the Maryborough manufacturing industry. 
"Bruce Saunders always talks to me about more support for Maryborough and I'm pleased my Government can deliver this latest boost for the community."  
Minister for State Development and Manufacturing Cameron Dick said the $60 million Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions (RNM) facility will create up to 100 advanced manufacturing jobs for Maryborough.
“Maryborough has enough power, but because the facility’s energy needs are complex we want to strengthen supply and safeguard connection,” Mr Dick said.
“We worked with Ergon Energy and RNM to best understand what the plant needed in terms of connection to the grid, and we’re now investing $9 million to facilitate it.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to growing manufacturing jobs in Maryborough and the Wide Bay.
“We welcome the new 100 jobs set to be created, and we’ll keep working to bring more work to this region.”
This latest investment from the state will see an additional Maryborough substation and a dedicated 11-kilovolt connection built for the plant.
This follows a $7.5 million commitment through the Palaszczuk Government’s $175 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund to bring the facility to the city.
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said construction will begin in March 2020, with the plant to commence full production in 2022.
“The plant will produce 30,000 155-millimetre artillery shell cases annually for both the Australian Defence Force and Rheinmetall’s international supply chain,” Mr Saunders said.
“Most importantly though, it will produce more jobs for Maryborough, continuing the Palaszczuk Government’s great work to boost manufacturing locally.”
RNM Deputy Chair and Director Robert Nioa said the new facility was a complex project that required detailed consideration of its technical specifications by both Ergon Energy and RNM.
“Through these considerations the exact nature of the facility’s electricity connection requirements became apparent,” Mr Nioa said.
“We’re very pleased the Queensland Government was able to facilitate the negotiations between all stakeholders and take the necessary steps to secure the plant’s connection requirements.”
Learn more about the Palaszczuk Government’s future plans for advanced manufacturing and defence industries in Queensland.

JOINT STATEMENT

Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Cameron Dick

01 December 2019

Indigenous-owned business wins Queensland Govs community achievement award

December 01, 2019 0 Comments
Indigenous-owned business wins Queensland Govs community achievement award
A far north Queensland civil construction business Strait Support has taken out the Queensland Government Small Business Achievement Award at the Queensland Community Achievement Awards event in Brisbane.
Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman congratulated Erub (Darnley) Islander Shane Lui on the award and his commitment to his community.
“Strait Support is a proud Indigenous-owned business that employ Indigenous staff with a focus on increasing employment opportunities in the Torres Strait,” Ms Fentiman said.
“This is fantastic news and I congratulate Shane and the team for their incredibly hard work.”
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said Shane started Strait Support on Darnley Island to deliver infrastructure, employment and training services for the Torres Strait community, by locals for locals.
“The company is increasing sustainable employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by engaging with reputable organisations as project partners and supplying labour, plant and equipment hire and training solutions,” Ms Lui said.
“They also support, mentor and upskill people looking for work to develop the confidence and skills they need to gain permanent employment independently.”
“They are great employers of the local community and we want to grow the number of indigenous businesses across the state as we know indigenous businesses are 100 times more likely to employ indigenous staff.”
Shane Lui moved back home to Darnley Island after studying and working on the mainland, building Strait Support from a sole employee in 2017 to employing 17 staff as carpenters, labourers, cleaners, Indigenous compliance officers and compliance rangers and project managers.
“Strait Support’s point of difference is our focus to assist, support, mentor and grow our own people to have the confidence and skills to gain permanent employment,” Mr Liu said.
“We do this by connecting Indigenous jobseekers with current opportunities with our network of clients.”
Apart from civil construction works, Strait Support last year won a $1.5 million contract with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to deliver Indigenous labour hire.
The Queensland Government Small Business Achievement Award, part of the Queensland Community Achievement Awards, highlights the success and achievements of small businesses and their leaders.
“Small business is the engine room of the state’s economy and the Government is committed to ensuring Queensland is the best place for small businesses to start, grow and create more jobs,” Ms Fentiman said.
“That’s why we are consulting with small businesses across the state until December 13 to develop a new small business strategy, asking what else can be done to help them succeed.”
Other finalists for the Queensland Government Small Business Achievement Award were Phoenix Security Services of Mount Isa, Tambo Teddies at Tambo and Thom & Ann’s restaurant at Yarrabilba.
For more information on the Queensland Small Business Strategy, visit https://desbt.qld.gov.au/small-business/strategic-documents/small-business-strategy

Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development. The Honourable Shannon Fentiman. Media Statements QLD  qld.gov.au

17 November 2019

Queensland Free apprenticeships and traineeships for young jobseekers

November 17, 2019 0 Comments
Queensland Free apprenticeships and traineeships for young jobseekers

Today the Palaszczuk Government starts rolling out an extensive advertising campaign to encourage employers and young job seekers to take advantage of the free apprenticeships initiative for anyone under 21.
The pitch comes after 38,000 Year 12 students finished school this week and begin considering future options for study or employment.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the ‘Take your future on’ state-wide campaign is all about offering young Queenslanders hope and opportunity.
“Whenever I meet and talk with school leavers, they often tell me about the fears they have concerning their job prospects and futures,” the Premier said.
“Apprentices and trainees have always been an integral part of our state’s economy and over the next four years, my government is committed to assisting another 60,000 young people into a trade.
“That’s a lot of young people who are going to bring enthusiasm, productivity and great new ideas to businesses right across the state – from Cape York to Coolangatta.
“The state-wide campaign is a call to action for employers and young people so that they can hire an apprentice or start training in an apprenticeship knowing the training will be delivered for free.
“Right now, school leavers and their parents are thinking about the future.
“The message of Take your future on goes straight to this vital decision-making time.
“And the Government is ready to give young people a real good go with the quality training they need to secure employment.”
Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman met with apprentice chefs from The Star Entertainment Group at Black Hide by Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane to kick off the campaign today.
“It’s great to see some of our future master chefs in action today, they are on their way to a bright future,” Ms Fentiman said.
“We want all Queenslanders to have the opportunity to access quality training that will lead to an exciting and successful career.”
“Already our free tafe and free apprenticeships initiatives are supporting over 14,700 young Queenslanders to get the skills and training they need to get a job and build a career,”
“And our recently announced Skills Boost is slashing the cost of TAFE for Queenslanders of any age to access further training for the industries where there will be jobs.
“This is all part of our commitment to ensuring we continue to remove barriers for Queenslanders to undertake valuable training and create more jobs.”
The Premier said the extensive state-wide advertising campaign would feature on television, across social media, outdoor billboards as well as display stands in shopping malls through to March 2020.
“There’s already been a great response to the free scheme. Since July, 2,000 young people have secured apprenticeships and traineeships which are offered in 139 industries all with a high demand for workers,” the Premier said.
$32 million has been allocated for the free apprenticeships program which removes the cost of training from employers.
“This investment in free apprenticeships along with payroll tax concessions already in place will support local businesses to take on more apprentices and trainees. – we are backing their businesses to grow,” the Premier said.
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JOINT STATEMENT

Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

Media Statements QLD  qld.gov.au 

11 November 2019

South-East Queenslanders urged to keep safe during smoke haze

November 11, 2019 0 Comments

South-East Queenslanders urged to keep safe during smoke haze

Following the deterioration of air quality in South East Queensland, the state’s Chief Health Officer is urging everyone to stay indoors for the next 24-48 hours. 
Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Steven Miles and Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young are warning residents in Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast to remain vigilant as bushfire smoke blankets the region.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young issued a formal alert advising people in the south-east to reduce their exposure to smoke over the next 24 to 48 hours.
“Treat this seriously and don’t be complacent. Whether you’re in Logan or Lowood or anywhere in between—everyone needs to limit time spent outdoors while these conditions remain,” Dr Young said.
“And If you have outdoor events planned this week, limit time outside or reschedule them. Nothing is worth compromising your health for.
“Queenslanders have a proud tradition in banding together in times of crisis, and I know you’ll do your bit and look out for vulnerable people in your community.
“In Brisbane, Ipswich and Gold Coast I’ve recommended the Department of Education consider cancelling outdoor activities and keep pupils indoors.
“Conditions aren’t expected to ease for at least a week, so we’re reminding people to take care.”
Minister Miles encouraged locals to stay inside.
“You only need to look outside to see what we’re in the middle of, and these conditions won’t clear any time soon,” Mr Miles said.
“Please, stay indoors, run your air conditioner on recirculate and postpone outdoor activities.
“If you don’t need to go outside for extended periods, don’t.
“Planning is crucial. That means having the right medication on hand and in plentiful supply.
“It also means looking out for each other, you might have an elderly neighbour or a new mum nearby – check on them, see if they need help.
“Of course, don’t go it alone, seek medical advice or ring Triple Zero (000) immediately if you’re experiencing any adverse reactions to the smoke, such as shortness of breath, prolonged coughing or wheezing.”
Live air data for Queensland is available through the Department of Environment and Science website

Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
The Honourable Steven Miles. Media Statements QLD  qld.gov.au 

08 November 2019

SE Queensland Rail Mondays free travel leading up to Christmas.

November 08, 2019 0 Comments
Queensland Rail Mondays free travel leading up to Christmas.

South east Queensland commuters will enjoy free train rides on four consecutive Mondays in the lead up to Christmas.
The free train travel days that will start from Monday 18 November are being offered to thank customers for their loyalty as Queensland Rail worked to restore services earlier this year.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said rail passengers deserved thanks and appreciation for standing by the service.
“We’ve seen record patronage on public transport in south-east Queensland over the past two years, and that includes more people catching trains too,” Mr Bailey said.
“Commuters continued to support Queensland Rail while it embarked on a record recruitment of drivers and guards.
“That recruitment was needed to restore services that had been cut because of the LNP’s decision to sack 1700 QR workers and stop driver training in its final year in power.
“Those services are back, we’ve got more seats than ever on the network thanks to the new NGR trains, and we’re investing in station upgrades and bigger park n rides too.
“The free travel days are a well-deserved opportunity for loyal rail customers to put the money they save towards something special for Christmas.
“If you don’t usually catch the train, then these free travel days will be a perfect opportunity to give it a try and ride the Citytrain network.”
Mr Bailey said the cost of the free travel would be covered with funding that had been set aside for bonuses for senior managers at Queensland Rail.
“Queensland Rail’s board has voted to phase outperformance payments, starting from the current financial year, and will work with its senior management team to implement that,” Mr Bailey said.
“In making that decision, the board supported paying $4.9 million in bonuses to about 370 eligible staff, including its executive leaders.
“Our government did not agree with that decision and directed Queensland Rail’s board to stop those payments.
“Queensland Rail has worked hard over the past 12 months to restore the community’s confidence in its services.
“On time running and key safety targets were met in the past financial year.
“The restoration of 462 weekly services and the addition of 200,000 more seats on the network for customers, as well as the re-opening the flood-damaged Mount Isa line in 12 weeks, were all achievements QR’s workers should be proud of too.
“However, it is the view of this government that bonuses for senior QR managers no longer fit with community expectations.
“The board’s decision to phase bonus payment clauses out of its executive management contracts is the right call and should be commended.”
Queensland Rail will promote details about its free travel deal for customers in the coming days.

Source: Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey. Media Statements QLD  qld.gov.au

16 October 2019

Air New Zealand will increase flights to the Gold Coast

October 16, 2019 0 Comments
Air New Zealand will increase flights to the Gold Coast

The Palaszczuk Government has today announced a deal with Air New Zealand that will increase flights to the Gold Coast, bring more than 21,000 extra tourists over two years and inject more than $28.7 million into the local economy.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Palaszczuk Government had locked in the additional flights from 2020, supported through the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, in partnership with Gold Coast Airport and Destination Gold Coast.

“More tourists means more jobs for the Gold Coast. That’s why we’re focused on growing this industry,” she said.

“These flights alone will bring an extra 10,000 tourists to the Gold Coast every year. The flow-on benefits for local businesses will be outstanding.”

Around 210,000 kiwis visited the Coast over the last year – that’s nine per cent growth.

Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister and Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said the flights secured by the government today would continue the strong growth trajectory of the New Zealand market on the Gold Coast. which welcomed 210,000 visitors in the year ending March 2019 - a growth of nine per cent - and also support 320 jobs.

“As it currently stands, the kiwi tourism market supports around 320 local jobs. With new flights like the ones announced today, we know these numbers will grow in the future.

On the Gold Coast, the flights will deliver an additional 10,000 visitors a year by increasing frequency to seven services a week from April to October, increasing to nine services a week during peak periods in July.

“This will give New Zealanders more of an opportunity to pick the Gold Coast as their number one holiday destination,” Ms Scanlon said.

“That’s what makes today’s announcement so crucial - ensuring sure the Gold Coast is front of mind in the decision-making process.”

New Zealand is Queensland’s second-largest international market, with visitors from New Zealand generating $563 million a year for the state’s economy.

Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills said today’s announcement was a huge vote of confidence in the city.
“Moving to a daily service, and more during peak times, shows the connection between New Zealand and the Gold Coast region is only growing stronger,” he said.
“New Zealand continues to be the number one international market for Gold Coast Airport, so it is great to see Air New Zealand responding to the demand.”

Source: Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries. The Honourable Mark Furner. Media Statements QLD  qld.gov.au 


19 September 2019

Queensland Bushfires Jobs and training on offer to Binna Burra staff

September 19, 2019 0 Comments
Queensland Bushfires Jobs and training on offer to Binna Burra staff
More than 50 displaced Binna Burra Lodge employees attended the worker's transition session yesterday in Beechmont with employment agencies and tourism employers.
Minister for State Development Cameron Dick today confirmed the first job had been secured, with another 40 workers lining up interviews in the coming days for a range of hospitality positions, including front office, food and beverage, maintenance and housekeeping.
“This is a great example of the state government, council and industry working together to help secure jobs for the more than 50 staff who were stood down,” Mr Dick said.
“All hands were on deck yesterday from government agencies, employers and support services to help the displaced staff link with employers, and to training and upskilling opportunities, to make their transition easier.
“There has been a wonderful response from employers and employment agencies, with a number of attendees walking out with new jobs or interviews for various placements.
“Accor, Spicers Retreats, O’Reilly’s, Club Training Australia, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and City Aquatics, among others, were on hand to discuss their job opportunities.
“It’s been great to hear how impressed the employers were with the skills and experience of the former Binna Burra team," he said.
“I want to commend and thank these companies and organisations for their positive approach to engaging with these workers.
“We are standing shoulder to shoulder with all members of the Binna Burra Lodge team and will ensure they have access to support, training and counselling to help them get back on their feet.
“Along with the work being done by the task force led by the Queensland Government to fast-track economic recovery, we are determined to offer all the assistance we can to bring Binna Burra back from the brink and forge a new path ahead.” 
Binna Burra Lodge Chairman Steve Noakes said he and his team were extremely grateful for the support of the Queensland Government and Scenic Rim Regional Council in coordinating the worker's transition session.
"This rapid response by state and local government assures the welfare of the Binna Burra workers displaced by the bushfire disaster,” Mr Noakes said.
“We were also very pleased to know federal agencies including Centrelink and ATO were there to provide more transition options and ease the financial stress being experienced by our employees.
"Many tourism businesses, both big and small, answered the call from the Queensland Government to offer many new opportunities to our valued team within the industry.
"Lifeline and Red Cross counsellors were also on-site to provide support during this difficult time. 
"While we understand many in our Binna Burra family have been severely impacted by the loss of our 86-year-old business, we are confident all our staff are receiving the best support available."
The following agencies, organisations and employers participated in the worker's transition session:
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
  • Department of Communities
  • Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
  • Department of Housing and Public Works
  • TAFE (Back to Work)
  • Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
  • Department of Human Services (Centrelink)
  • Australian Tax Office
  • Lifeline
  • Australian Red Cross
  • HELP Employment & Training
  • Tursa Employment & Training
  • Hayes Recruitment
  • BUSY At Work
  • Accor Group
  • O’Reilly’s
  • Club Training Australia
  • Spicers Retreats
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
  • City Aquatics

Source: Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. The Honourable Cameron Dick. Media Statements QLD  qld.gov.au

12 September 2019

National Fish and Chips Awards Townsville represents Queensland

September 12, 2019 0 Comments
National Fish and Chips Awards Townsville represents Queensland 
Townsville’s Tobin Fish Tales will represent Queensland at the National Fish and Chips awards after fighting off tough competition from across the state.
The Queensland Judged Fish and Chips category brought in some of the highest number of shops wanting to be judged from across the country.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and fisheries Mark Furner said shops in the top five spanned from Redland City to Brisbane, the Gold Coast to Townsville, but Tobin Fish Tales came out on top.
“The judges praised Tobin Fish Tales for its remarkable fish selection, produce preparation and staff expertise and knowledge,” Mr Furner said.
“Tobin Fish Tales are a complete chain that catch, slice, cook and sell to produce a quintessential Queensland seafood experience.
“The journey to the table begins with owners, Andrew and Renae Tobin, catching the fish for the store and procuring what is needed from local fishermen.”
Andrew and Renae Tobin are unique when it comes to fish and chip shop owners. Not only are they commercial fishers and have been licenced to fish in Queensland for over twenty years.
Both Andrew and Renae have PhDs in fisheries. Judges said it was clear that this expertise had been shared with staff.
Judges found it particularly remarkable that even junior staff demonstrated exceptional knowledge and enthusiasm to share their knowledge with customers.
“Their staff were not only friendly but knowledgeable and really helpful, guiding us with suggestions for the best fish for each cooking method,” the anonymous judges said.
“Not only was all the fish cooked to perfection, the fish really tasted fresh and the cooking method did not overpower the actual taste of the fish. All wrapped in the traditional white butchers’ paper with eco-friendly cutlery.”
The chips served up, while not made in-store, went through a strict customer approval process. The Tobin’s sourced a variety of chips and held a ‘chip competition’ for customers to rate the chips they liked the best.
The result, judges said, “Great chips”!
Mr Furner said Tobin Fish Tales would do Queensland proud.
“Everyone knows Australia’s best seafood comes from right here in Queensland, and Tobin’s does a fantastic job preparing it,” Mr Furner said.
“When we encourage Queenslanders to #eatqld and get behind Queensland produce, it is top-quality seafood like this that we are talking about.
“I wish them well on the national stage and congratulate them – the whole of Queensland is behind you.”
This year’s awards brought in new records from fish and chip shops and enthusiasts alike, drawing in record participation from over 1,000 shops or around 40 per cent of Australia’s fish and chip operators.
The competition proved popular among fish and chip customers, breaking voter records with almost 40,000 verified votes.
The National Awards will be held 10 October 2019.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
The Honourable Mark Furner Media Statements QLD  qld.gov.au


10 September 2019

Are you Bushfire Ready

September 10, 2019 0 Comments
Are you Bushfire Ready

You don’t have to live in the bush to be threatened by bushfire − you just have to be close enough to be affected by burning material, embers and smoke.
All Queenslanders should be familiar with the official bushfire warnings levels and have a completed bushfire survival plan for action.
When there’s a bushfire in your area, it’s your responsibility to take notice, seek information, make decisions and act.

Structure
  • Clear leaves, twigs, bark and other debris from the roof and gutters.
  • Purchase and test the effectiveness of gutter plugs.
  • Enclose open areas under decks and floors.
  • Install fine steel wire mesh screens on all windows, doors, vents and weep holes.
  • Point LPG cylinder relief valves away from the house.
  • Conduct maintenance checks on pumps, generators and water systems.
  • Seal all gaps in external roof and wall cladding.
Access
  • Display a prominent house or lot number, in case it is required in an emergency.
  • Ensure there is adequate access to your property for fire trucks - 4 metres wide by 4 metres high, with a turn-around area.

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Vegetation
  • Reduce vegetation loads along the access path.
  • Mow your grass regularly.
  • Remove excess ground fuels and combustible material (long dry grass, dead leaves and branches).
  • Trim low-lying branches two metres from the ground surrounding your home.
 Personal
  • Check that you have sufficient personal protective clothing and equipment.
  • Relocate flammable items away from your home, including woodpiles, paper, boxes, crates, hanging baskets and garden furniture.
  • Check the first aid kit is fully stocked.
  • Make sure you have appropriate insurance for your home and vehicles.
  • More from Queensland Prepare for bushfire season Website
Attribute: Transcript from The State of Queensland as the source of the copyrighted material. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC BY 4.0).

09 September 2019

Queensland company Vitrinite is set to add to the state’s resources exploration boom

September 09, 2019 0 Comments
Queensland company Vitrinite is set to add to the state’s resources exploration boom
Queensland company Vitrinite is set to add to the state’s resources exploration boom, seeking coal near Clermont south-west of Mackay.
Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said Vitrinite had been awarded the preferred tenderer and now had the opportunity to apply for an exploration permit over 35 square kilometres of land near Clermont in North Queensland.
“The area is adjacent to Vitrinite’s existing Karin Basin project on the western flank of the Bowen Basin which gives them the added potential to join the next pipeline of metallurgical coal projects in Queensland,” Dr Lynham said.
“Vitrinite is a junior explorer and this shows is there is room for small and big players in Queensland’s vibrant $46 billion coal industry.
“Industry is showing a high level of confidence in Queensland’s coal sector with $128 million invested in exploration in 2018 - a 42 per cent increase over the previous year.
“As well, there is record demand for our high-quality metallurgical coal,l with an increase of more than 12 per cent over the past financial year.
“This demand is forecast to increase further as the world transitions to renewables.
“Junior explorers like Vitrinite play an important role in our industry by investing in exploration which helps sustain future supply and grow the 36,000 jobs in the coal sector.”
Vitrinite’s Executive Director Nicholas Williams said Vitrinite and Itochu, as partners in the Karin Joint Venture, were pleased the Queensland Government had granted the company additional exploration blocks contiguous with their Karin coking coal deposit.
“We have already discovered some of the most exciting coal qualities in Australian history and expect to continue this trend within this land package,” he said.
“We also want to reaffirm our proud support of the Clermont community and hope to move forward with local support as we strive to create new jobs and wealth for everyone who lives in Central Queensland.”
Vitrinite must also meet environmental, native title, and other approvals, as well as land access requirements before on-ground exploration,  can start.


Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham 
Media Statements QLD  qld.gov.au