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Indooroopilly sport and recreation clubs are urged to apply for funding in the next round of the Queensland Government’s highly successful Get Going and Get Playing programs.

Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson, said there was more than $14.5 million dollars available for clubs under this new round which opened on 1 July 2014 and closes on 1 September 2014.  

“Get Playing and Get Going are two of three programs that make up Get in the Game, a key initiative designed to get more children and young people involved in sport and recreation activities,” he said.

“In round two, two clubs in Indooroopilly shared in $119,246 of Get Playing funding to improve their infrastructure and facilities.

“In addition, 11 clubs shared $97,751 in Get Going funding to provide better services and boost member numbers.”

He said Indooroopilly clubs that received funding under round two included:

Western Suburbs District Cricket Club Incorporated ($95,043 Get Playing) to upgrade the clubhouse and change rooms to support cricket and rugby union at Graceville Memorial Park.

Kenmore Junior Cricket Club Incorporated ($24,203 Get Playing) to construct a storage shed to support cricket and rugby union at Fig Tree Pocket.

Western Districts Netball Association Incorporated ($10,000 Get Going) to conduct a coaching clinic and purchase equipment.

Toowong Rowing Club Incorporated ($10,000 Get Going) to purchase equipment.

The Scout Association of Australia Queensland Branch Incorporated ($8715 Get Going) to purchase equipment to support sea scouts at Graceville.

St Lucia Bowling Club Incorporated ($4977 Get Going) to conduct a participation program.

University of Queensland Hockey Club Incorporated ($10,000 Get Going) to purchase equipment, conduct coach training and deliver promotional activities.

Sherwood Football Club Limited ($8000 Get Going) to conduct training and accreditation for volunteers, promote and deliver a participation program.

University of Queensland Rugby Football Club Incorporated ($7230 Get Going) to deliver volunteer training and develop a strategic plan.

Rangers Netball Club Incorporated ($9573 Get Going) to conduct coach and umpire accreditation training and develop a strategic plan.

Brothers Canoe Club Incorporated ($9346 Get Going) to deliver a participation program, conduct education and training and purchase equipment.

Raiders Netball Club Incorporated ($9910 Get Going) to conduct a coach accreditation and mentoring program to support netball at Graceville.

The University of Queensland Judo Club Incorporated ($10,000 Get Going) to purchase equipment.

Sport and Recreation Minister Steve Dickson said the response from the first two rounds of Get Playing and Get Going had been overwhelming.

“During round two, more than 280 Queensland clubs applied for Get Playing funding and more than 1,000 clubs applied for Get Going,” Mr Dickson said.

“With more than $24.5 million in total funding approved for Get Playing and Get Going following rounds one and two, I have no doubt round three will be just as popular with recreation and sport clubs.

“It has been very pleasing to see the positive outcomes so far and I look forward to seeing more improvements to our sport and recreation clubs state-wide through the current round of funding.”

“We have a strong plan for a brighter future that involves more Queenslanders, being more active, more often.

Round four of Get Started, the third program in the Get in the Game initiative, will open on 15 July 2014 and assists children and young people with the costs to join a sport or recreation club.

Further details on Get in the Game are available at  www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/getinthegame.

The Queensland Government is committed to implementing reform programs aimed at reducing red tape and ensuring we remain efficient and responsive to the ever changing needs of Queensland communities. One of the measures being put in to place to achieve this and to streamline the way gambling benefits the Queensland community is to amalgamate the four funding programs into one fund that will service the whole state.

The funding programs to be merged are the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund, Breakwater Island Casino Community Benefit Fund and Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund.

The amalgamation of the funding programs will provide a number of benefits to community groups applying for funding including equitable access to funding and one site of consitent funding guidelines.

Community organisations can have confidence in knowing the total budget for grants will not decrease with the news state wide funding program. Application forms and funding guidelines for the new amalgamated funding program will be available on the www.olgr.qld.gov.au/grants website from mid July with applications closing on 31 August 2014.

Additional flashing school zone lights have been installed at Sherwood State School as part of the Newman Government’s election commitment.

Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson, said the flashing lights will assist to warn motorists to slow down in school zones.

Sherwood State School is located at the intersection of two busy thoroughfares and we believe the extra sign will go a long way in reminding drivers they are approaching the school zone and need to slow down immediately,” Mr Emerson said.

“Speeding through school zones greatly increases the risk to all pedestrians, as the faster a vehicle is travelling, the longer it takes to stop and the greater the severity of impact.”

The Newman Government has committed $10 million over four years to install flashing light signs at over 300 school zones.

The Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson, has encouraged organisations within the Indooroopilly electorate to apply for second round funding of the Queensland Government’s Anzac Community Grants program.

Mr Emerson said the $13.5 million program provided funding for local communities to commemorate the sacrifice made by community members to assist Australia’s involvement in the First World War.

“Australia’s national story for the First World War is made up of many local stories, and these are the stories we want to recognise and commemorate through the community grants program,” Mr Emerson said.

“The breadth of those stories spans the efforts of individuals who signed up to fight on far shores and the contribution of people working on the home front to support that overseas effort.

“It’s essential that organisations planning events to be delivered on or around Anzac Day 2015 apply for funding in this round of grants.

“While next year’s 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing will be one of the most significant World War 1 commemorations, there will be many other significant anniversaries during the 2014-18 period.

“I look forward to working with local organisations to create an important legacy for generations to come in honour of those who sacrificed so much in the past.

Mr Emerson said applications for round two grants will close on 12 August.

He said further information about the grants program and the application process is available at: www.qld.gov.au/anzac100.

Indooroopilly families have been encouraged to ‘get a head start’ on their Get in the Game applications, with new rounds of the Newman Government’s flagship grassroots sport funding program to open next month.

 Get Going and Get Playing open on 1 July and Get Started opens on 15 July, with $21.5 million for the three programs set down in the 2014-15 State Budget.

Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson said the initiative was successfully lowering the cost of living for Queensland families as promised at the election.

“Get in the Game has been a resounding success in Indooroopilly, with children and families taking their share of the almost 54,000 Get Started vouchers issued state-wide to help children with club registrations,” Mr Emerson said.

“Under the first three rounds of Get Started 26 per cent of vouchers were issued to children who had not played club sport before - which demonstrates just how tough some families are doing it.

“While Labor sat back and let kids miss out because of the expense, our plan is delivering a brighter future with more kids playing sport and getting healthy.

“This initiative has also been hugely supportive of local sport and recreation clubs, with nearly $7 million distributed to clubs for equipment and training under the Get Going program and more than $14 million paid for infrastructure projects under Get Playing.

“I expect we’ll receive another big response for all three programs and I encourage all eligible families and sport and recreation clubs to seek support for their planned activities and facilities.”

Minister for Recreation and Sport Steve Dickson said the Queensland Government was keen to encourage more Queenslanders to get involved in sport and recreation.

“We made an election commitment to get more young Queenslanders involved in recreation and sport, and we are delivering through this highly successful program,” Mr Dickson said.

For more information on Get in the Game, visit www.nprsr.qld.gov.au

Scott Emerson has welcomed the Newman Government’s latest initiative to develop a 30-year plan for the future of education in Queensland.

The historic Queensland Education Accord will determine priorities for our schools and ensure our future generations of students in Indooroopilly are given the best possible education and job opportunities.

“The Education Accord will bring students, parents, teachers and principals together to constructively develop the priorities for our schools and future students,” he said.

“This is about developing a strong plan for a brighter future for all Queensland students.

“The LNP Government is focussed on ensuring our children have the education they deserve and this grassroots initiative demonstrates our commitment to revitalising front line services.”

Mr Emerson said that residents would be invited to contribute to the plan by providing their feedback on seven key questions stemming from priorities identified in the Queensland Plan.

“These questions will guide the consultation phase until September,” Mr Emerson said.

“Education is an important local issue for Indooroopilly residents and I am pleased to facilitate this consultation process to ensure local residents’ ideas and views are considered.

“I will be inviting a local parent, teacher and principal to attend the Education Accord Summit in September.

“This is an exciting opportunity to work together on a shared vision that sets clear priorities for the future.” Mr Emerson said.

Consultation will start this week with a one day summit to be held in September.

To find out more about the Education Accord and to get involved, including completing the online questionnaire, visit http://dete.qld.gov.au/educationaccord

Indooroopilly homeowners and electricians are urged to check their solar power system after Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie issued a recall order on certain Avanco branded DC solar power isolators that were found to have an internal fault that can lead to overheating and fire.

Scott Emerson said the recall followed investigations conducted by the Electrical Safety Office (ESO) and independent reports from the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology.

“This isn’t about creating panic, we’re just reminding Indooroopilly locals to check their system to avoid any potential fire risks,” Mr Emerson said.

Mr Emerson said 27,000 of the affected parts had been sold in Queensland, so it essential for everyone to double check the brand of their isolators for peace of mind.

“If a resident or installer finds they do have the affected isolator, we ask that they disable it so it can be replaced,” he said.

“For those who can’t access the isolator safely or are unsure of what to do, they are best to get in touch with their electrician or seek advice from their installer.

The affected Avanco brand DC isolators include the following model numbers: AV/DC4P25A, AV/DC2P25A, AV/DC4P25AUB, AV/DC2P625AU, AV/DC2P25AU, AV/DC2/2P25AU, AV/DC2/2P125AU, AV/DC4P25AU, AV/DC4P25AUS and AV/DC4P25AUT.

For more information on the recall and consumer rights, please visit the Electrical Safety Office website at electricalsafetyqld.gov.auor the Office of Fair Trading website at fairtrading.qld.gov.au/isolator-recall-consumer-rights.htm

The Honourable Scott Emerson MP, Minister for Transport and Main Roads and Member for Indooroopilly today opened eight upgraded netball courts at Faulkner Park in Graceville.

Mr Emerson said the Queensland Government was proud to contribute $100,000 towards the project through the Get Playing program, one of three programs that make up the government’s Get in the Game initiative.

“Eight courts at Faulkner Park have been upgraded from grass to synthetic, bringing the total number of hard courts to 20,” Mr Emerson said.

“This will enhance competition for the Western Brisbane area and allow the club to hold major Queensland netball events.

“I congratulate the Western Districts Netball Association for pursuing and driving the completion of this great project.

“This is a special year for the club which is celebrating its 40th anniversary with 14 affiliated clubs.

“I’m told an estimated 80,000 women and girls have played at FaulknerPark over the years and during this time the club has continued to provide a safe and healthy environment for players.

Sport and Recreation Minister Steve Dickson said the Queensland Government is currently driving greater participation of women and girls in active recreation and sport through a Women and Girls’ Advisory Committee, so it’s great to see clubs like this fostering the same goals.

Mr Dickson said the government was keen to encourage more Queenslanders to get involved in recreation and sport activity at all levels.

“We believe participation and success begin with a strong focus on grassroots sport and recreation,” he said.

“It is the reason the government introduced the Get in the Game initiative.

“Get in the Game involves three funding programs—Get Started, Get Going and Get Playing—worth $47.8 million over three years.

“These programs not only provide clubs with better equipment and facilities, but also give children who might not otherwise be able to afford it the opportunity to play sport,” he said.

For more information on Get in the Game, visit www.nprsr.qld.gov.au

Treasurer Tim Nicholls is opening the floor to the Brisbane community to have their say on the best way to pay down the accumulated debt of the past ten years - the $80 billion black cloud hanging over the State’s finances.

Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson, said Mr Nicholls would hold an open community forum at Carindale and Chermside on 15 April 2014, continuing the discussion of the Strong Choices which must be made to secure our future.

“Queensland is on the cusp of strong economic growth, but independent and government financial experts agree we will be held back by the overwhelming level of debt we face unless Strong Choices are made,” Mr Emerson said.

“Queenslanders face three choices – significantly increased taxes, reduced services or the sale or lease of some assets.

“Before the Government decides on a plan to restore the State’s finances and pay down debt, we are making certain that we have heard from everyone who wants to contribute to the mature debate about the best way to deal with the accumulated debt legacy from the past ten years.

“The Chermside and Carindale community forums are your opportunity to put forward the thoughts and priorities you want the Government must take into account as they determine how best to pay down Labor’s debt, reduce the $450,000 an hour interest bill and secure Queensland’s future,” he said.

When attending the Strong Choices Community Forum, registered people will need to bring their ticket and photo identification for entry. Attendees must meet the above identification requirements, in line with the Government’s current Community Cabinet policy.

Registration is at www.treasury.qld.gov.au/communityforums.

Indooroopilly young people, aged 12 to 21 are being encouraged to apply to be a part of an exciting new youth ambassador program.

Launched as part of National Youth Week celebrations, Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson, said applications were now open for the Queensland Youth Strategy Ambassadors program.

"This is a new program the Newman Government has introduced to showcase, celebrate and acknowledge young people who are working hard to reach their potential, as well as those who are inspiring or supporting other young people to do the same," Mr Emerson said.

"We know there are already many young people in Indooroopilly living the values and goals of the strategy and being excellent role models for their peers, family and community.

"We are looking for six of these exceptional young people to represent each of the Queensland Youth.

"The six areas of connection in the Queensland Youth Strategy are family, friends and social networks; education, training and employment; health and wellbeing; volunteering and participation; supports and services; and arts and culture."

Communities Minister Tracy Davis said the Newman Government's Queensland Youth Strategy outlined how the government would enable connections for young people.

"Unlike the former Labor Government, whose only policy for youth was a statement based on using social media, the Newman Government has a real plan to connect young people as outlined in the comprehensive Queensland Youth Strategy," Ms Davis said.

"This young ambassador's program is the next step to bringing the government's strategy to life."

The six selected ambassadors will each receive a $1000 bursary for personal or professional development, and will be supported to attend a personal development workshop in Brisbane.

Applications close on Monday 2 June 2014.

For more information on the Queensland Youth Strategy Ambassadors program, including details on how to apply, visit www.qld.gov.au/youth.