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Scott Emerson, Member for Indooroopilly, has called on the Indooroopilly community to help recognize local business women who are challenging the status quo and breaking new ground, by nominating them for the 2015 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Mr Emerson said the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, now in its 21st year, provides a unique opportunity to showcase exceptional business women in Indooroopilly.

“Indooroopilly has an incredible depth of business women who are achieving great things and demonstrating the value women bring to business and the importance of a diverse and equitable workforce.

“These women are creative and passionate individuals whose leadership and success play a crucial role in driving the nation’s productivity and performance, ensuring our country remains relevant and competitive.

I urge the community to get behind our local business women by nominating them for the 2015 Telstra Business Women’s Awards as it is a great way to champion women and encourage other women to follow their own goals.”

State and Territory winners of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards will be named at evening events later this year. National awards including the prestigious title of Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year will be announced at a gala dinner in Melbourne on Wednesday 25 November 2015.

To nominate or enter the Awards, go to www.womensawards.com or call the Telstra Australian Business Women’s Awards on 1800 817 536 for further information.

The Energex Community and Sustainability Fund provides financial support to local grassroots groups delivering initiatives to benefit and strengthen the community.

It’s all about giving the local community a helping hand.

The fund helps local groups deliver beneficial projects like wildlife rescues, revegetation of river banks, school vegetable patches, and healthy lifestyle education programs. 

Since the launch of the fund in early 2011, more than 120 community groups have benefitted from the program including schools, community and sporting clubs, cultural heritage groups and gardening and agriculture societies.

To be eligible for the Fund, your community project should fall into one of the following categories:

  • Safety 
  • Education 
  • Community 
  • Environment 
  • Sustainability 

Applications close at 5:00pm on Tuesday 31 March 2015. For more information visit https://www.energex.com.au/about-us/community-support and https://www.energex.com.au/about-us/community-support/energex-community-and-sustainability-fund.

Scott Emerson MP today called on brilliant businesses in the Indooroopilly community to enter the 2015 Telstra Australian Business Awards. 

For 23 years the national award program has recognised the best in Australian small and medium business and helped entrepreneurs transform their business to new levels of success.

Mr Emerson also said it’s not too late for the community to support inspiring local businesses they admire by nominating them in 2015.

“Our local businesses, and the incredible people who run them, are central to the strength of our local economy and it’s important for us to celebrate and continue to encourage their growth,” Mr Emerson said.

“It takes an incredible amount of sacrifice and tenacity to run a business and nominating is a wonderful way to recognise the inspiring entrepreneurs behind our local success stories.  

“Nominating gives deserved recognition to a business you respect and the opportunity to have them recognised among Australia’s best small and medium business.

“I encourage everyone to nominate our brilliant local businesses and show the rest of the state/territory the excellent operations we have here in the Indooroopilly electorate.”

Every business that enters the Awards receives a free individual 70-page Business Health Check report that evaluates their business performance and provides a platform to review business strategy and plan for future growth.

Entries for the 2015 awards are open now, and will close on the 30 March.

Queensland winners will be named at a gala event on 30th July 2015. National awards including the prestigious title of Telstra Australian Business of the Year will be announced in Sydney on 20 August 2015.

Winners will share in more than $800,000 in cash and business products, which is split amongst the state, territory and national winners.

To nominate or enter the Awards, go to www.telstrabusinessawards.com or call the Telstra Australian Business Awards on 1800AWARDS for further information.

Indooroopilly children will have the best possible learning environment thanks to the third round of the Newman Government’s $300 million commitment to revitalise Queensland state schools.

Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson said the investment would completely clear the maintenance backlog left by the previous Labor Government.

“Eight schools in Indooroopilly are set to receive $534 875 to repair footpaths, replace carpet and repaint,” he said.

Mr Emerson said the Newman Government had also saved time and money by allowing schools to have maintenance completed by local tradespeople.

“This has really cut red tape, and it has allowed our schools to go direct to market to source local contractors for planned or routine breakdown maintenance. This gives them the benefit of finding the best value service from the best people available locally,” he said.

Mr Emerson said the previous Labor Government’s legacy had left Queensland state schools with a $300 million maintenance backlog that saw schools in Indooroopilly fall into disrepair.

“Because of Labor’s neglect, school facilities in Indooroopilly were left to decay,” he said.

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said that in addition to the backlog-busting program, schools continued to receive funding for their ongoing maintenance needs, including routine breakdowns and planned work.

“Our students deserve the best chance at the best possible education, and safe and effective working facilities are the most basic foundation for this,” Mr Langbroek said.

“Now that we are on the cusp of achieving a milestone in its own right – to clear the maintenance backlog of all state schools in Queensland – we will continue to fund schools to address newly identified maintenance to ensure this situation doesn’t repeat itself.

“This maintenance funding is a key part of our strong plan to deliver better outcomes for students – we’re also boosting teacher quality, increasing school autonomy and improving student discipline.

“Our investment will ensure Queensland remains a great state with great schools well into the future.”

 

More Indooroopilly electorate women could be on building sites or operating heavy machinery, with scholarships giving them the right qualifications to move into traditionally male dominated industries.

Scott Emerson said the Queensland Government’s Supporting Women Scholarships applications for the 2015 academic year would help further learning and career opportunities for local women.

“The LNP Government is very focussed on creating opportunities for Queenslanders by growing a four pillar economy and the scholarships are an important part of our election promise,” Mr Emerson said.

“The Supporting Women’s Scholarships offer women of all ages and backgrounds up to $20,000 to pursue study or training.

“The scholarship can be used for a variety of study-related expenses such as fees, textbooks and course materials.

“By enabling more women to gain these qualifications, we are boosting their prospects now and helping to create the jobs of the future.

“I encourage local women to apply to the scholarship program, whether they are intending to study at a Queensland university or a registered training organisation.”

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said a highly skilled and motivated workforce was important for Queensland to build a stronger economy.

“Supporting Women Scholarships aim to increase the role of women in agricultural and environmental studies, architecture and building, engineering, earth sciences and information technology,” Mr Langbroek said.

“Queensland needs a highly skilled and motivated workforce to build a stronger economy, and increasing women’s participation rates across our workforce will help us achieve that goal.

We’re working closely with business to ensure Queenslanders have the right skills and training to get a job.

“Our strong plan is putting Queensland back on track so we again become the nation’s leading economy.”

Mr Langbroek said since the program’s 2013 launch, 246 Queensland women had received more than $4 million to support their training or study.

“Previous recipients acknowledge the part scholarships have played in helping achieve their ambitions and the third year of the program promises to help even more Queensland women,” he said.

Recipients are provided up to $5,000 each year (for full time study) for vocational education and training, undergraduate degrees and post graduate qualifications.

Applications for the 2015 academic year open from today (11 August 2014) until 10 October 2014.

For more information about the Supporting Women Scholarships program, visit www.supportingwomen.qld.gov.au.

Indooroopilly’s future prosperity took a step forward today with the release of The Queensland Plan: Queenslanders’ 30-year vision.

Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson, said Queenslanders had spoken loud and clear in The Queensland Plan saying that the economy, education and the regions were the keys to a vibrant and prosperous state.

Mr Emerson said the plan reflected a range of community aspirations and would play a key role in helping unite business, industry, community and government activities right across the state.

“The Queensland Plan is the result of the largest community engagement activity of its kind ever undertaken in Australia,” Mr Emerson said.

“The ‘people’s plan’ provides key goals on jobs and the economy with agreement among 80,000 participating Queenslanders that they wanted their state to be the number one performing economy in Australia which provided the best job opportunities in the nation.

“Queenslanders have set ambitious goals to help drive our state forward over the next three decades. Through The Queensland Plan process, we now have a long-term vision for the state that essentially all Queenslanders have signed on for and that’s a powerful thing which we should all be excited about.

“It offers a wonderful opportunity for Indooroopilly constituents to think outside the square in how we grow our economy and strengthen our community connections.

“While we won’t always agree on how to achieve all our goals, it is important to keep the conversation going to find common ground and new ways to collaborate.”

The Queensland Plan sets a road map for state growth and prosperity across nine foundation areas and identifies 20 targets. Implementation will involve contributions from all levels of government, business, industry, community organisations and individuals; and progress will be monitored and reported on annually.

“The Queensland Plan” Ambassadors Council has been announced and it is their role to engage with the community and government to oversee the plan’s implementation and encourage participation from across the state,” Mr Emerson said

“I encourage everyone to work with the Ambassadors and to read The Queensland Plan and think about how you can contribute.

“I look forward to working with the people of the Indooroopilly electorate to make our vision a reality.”

To find out more about The Queensland Plan visit www.qld.gov.au/queenslandplan.

The Queensland Plan Ambassadors Council

Title

First   Name

Surname

Organisation    

CHAIR

Mr

 

Andrew

 

Chesterman

CEO

Public Service Commission

Ms

Jordyn

Archer

Destiny Rescue Australia

Mr

Joel

Buchholz

Principal

Pioneer State High School

Councillor

Margaret

de Wit

Brisbane City Council;

President, LGAQ

Professor

Ian

Frazer

CEO

Translational Research Institute

Ms

Joanne

Grainger

President

Queensland Farmers Federation

Mr

Daniel

Gschwind

Chief Executive

Queensland Tourism Industry Council

Professor

Peter

Høj

Vice-Chancellor and President

The University of Queensland

Ms

Kathy

MacDermott

Executive Director

Property Council of Australia (QLD Division)

The Hon. Councillor

Tony

McGrady

Mayor

Mt Isa City Council

Ms

Karen

Tully

Conservation Sector Director

South West NRM Ltd

Mr

Leon

Yeatman

CEO

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council

The Education Accord is the state government’s latest initiative to develop a 30 year plan for the future of education in Queensland. The accord will determine priorities for our schools and ensure our future generations of students are given the best possible education and job opportunities.

Dr Angela Douglas, Principal Ironside State School, Mr David Gowdie, President Sherwood State School Parents and Citizens Association and Mr Kevin Ward, teacher Indooroopilly State High School, will represent the Indooroopilly electorate at the Education Accord Summit on 25 September.

Seven key priorities have been developed to facilitate discussion and capture the diverse opinions of Queenslanders. Feedback from these questions will be extensively reviewed and will shape the content of the Queensland Education Accord. You can submit your feedback online, to the delegates or the Indooroopilly electorate office.

Students also are invited to have a say on the future priorities for schools as the Queensland Government develops the Queensland Education Accord. This is a terrific opportunity for students to have a say and get involved.

Students can say what’s great and what they would like to change in their schools by submitting a short online video before 8 August. A selection of the videos will be screened at the Education Accord Summit event in September.

Visit http://deta.qld.gov.au/about/educationaccord/student-engagement.html for a fact sheet and more information.

For more information on the Education Accord and to view the seven key priorities visit www.dete.qld.gov.au/educationaccord.

Indooroopilly families have been encouraged to Get in the Game and submit their applications for the fourth round of the hugely popular Get Started funding program that opened today.

Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson MP, said the initiative was successfully lowering the cost of living for local families with 106 vouchers issued in this electorate since the program commenced.

“Get Started officially opens for applications on 15 July and provides vouchers valued up to $150 to help kids whose families can least afford for them to join a sport or recreation club.”

Mr Emerson said Get Started was designed to encourage more young people to get into sport or recreation, and to ease the financial burden on families.

“As a government, we are committed to helping young Queenslanders be active,” he said.

Mr Emerson said under the first three rounds of the Get Started program almost 54,000 vouchers were issued to help families who struggle with the cost of living to give their children the opportunity to join one of our sport or recreation clubs.

“I strongly encourage local sport and recreation clubs, and families to take advantage of this wonderful program and check if they are eligible to take part.”

Get Started is part of the Queensland Government’s $47.8 million Get in the Game initiative.

For more information on how to apply for a Get Started voucher, visit www.nprsr.qld.gov.au.

Queenslanders who are passionate about the places they live are being invited to apply for a share of $5 million in funding through the Newman Government’s Everyone’s Environment grants program.

Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson, said the State Government is now accepting applications for round three of the Everyone’s Environment grants program.

Mr Emerson has encouraged Indooroopilly locals to nominate for a share in $5 million of funding for Queensland projects that focus on conservation, environmental research or heritage.

“Local organisations taking on environmental and research projects can apply for up to $100,000 and heritage projects can receive up to $40 000,” Mr Emerson said

“The Everyone’s Environment grant program is delivering $12 million in total to tackle environmental degradation and conserve Queensland’s cultural heritage.”

Mr Emerson said now is the time to take advantage of this great opportunity and make a positive environmental impact.

The Everyone’s Environment program has been a huge success, with over 420 applications received in the last two rounds.

“So far, the program has engaged over 10,300 volunteers who have removed some 370 wheelie bins of rubbish, more than 76,000 hectares of weeds and planted 94,000 trees.

“With the new research category this round, I look forward to seeing more local projects getting off the ground.”

The Everyone’s Environment grants program is also supporting heritage activities including the restoration of historic buildings.

“I call on our local heroes, enthusiastic volunteers, organisations and research institutions that are keen to make a difference to get involved in local projects.

Applications close on 15 August 2014.

For more information on the Everyone’s Environment grant program, visit www.ehp.qld.gov.au.

Passengers on the Indooroopilly line are being given a chance to have their say about their station this week as part of a new activity called ‘Track Chats.’

Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson said ‘Track Chats’ was introduced as a more proactive way to engage and seek customer feedback.

“We are a government that listens and are seeking passengers help so that we can provide you with better frontline services,” Mr Emerson said.

“All passengers are invited to come down to their station and have a chat with the Queensland Rail staff on the topic of ‘Your Information’.

“Starting later this month we will have members from the Customer Engagement Team on hand to speak one on one with customers at Springfield Central, Darra, Corinda and Indooroopilly stations.

“The topic was chosen based on customer feedback received and because it aligned to one of five commitments to customers in the Queensland Rail Customer Charter.

“When we talk about ‘Your Information’ we’re really interested to hear customers tell us what works for them currently and what they would like us to improve.

“All the suggestions and feedback we receive will be used by our Customer Feedback Team for continuous improvement across all parts of our business.

“We understand customers are the eyes and ears of our services each day, ensuring they have valuable insights into our operations we’re keen to hear and capture those insights,” Mr Emerson said.

Track Chats will focus on a specific line each month taking in feedback over a weekly period. To find out more customers can visit www.queenslandrail.com.au .

Ipswich line Track Chats schedule:

Day

Station

Time

Monday 28 July

Springfield Central

6.30am – 8.30am

Tuesday 29 July

Darra

6.30am - 8.30am

Wednesday 30 July

Corinda

7.00am – 9.00am

Thursday 31 July

Indooroopilly

7.00am – 9.00am