There's no doubt we've hit Summer with a very warm last couple of weeks.
A reminder that a fire ban still applies to the entirety of South East Queensland. You can check on the latest fire bans and restrictions here.
We all know that summer weather in Queensland is anything but predictable, so below are a few important links to keep you up to date over the silly season.
Queensland Government Disaster Management: www.disaster.qld.gov.au
Now that we're into December, the Christmas decorations are going up and the carolling begins. I hope you can join me for another Carols by the Bay at Einbunpin Lagoon tomorrow! (More details below.)
Whether you're travelling far and wide, or enjoying Christmas right here on the Northside, I wish you a safe & happy holidays and a very Merry Christmas.
Stirling Hinchliffe MP
Member for Sandgate
Northside Wizards New Home
Construction fencing will be going up any day now as work begins on the new home for Northside Wizards Basketball.
We're transforming a disused Queensland Government warehouse, into an $8.6 million five-court facility which will be a game changer for the club, right in the heart of Zillmere.
The Northside Wizards will be weaving their magic in Zillmere soon!
Your Voice in the Queensland Parliament
Safe Staffing Levels in Aged Care:
Queenslanders deserve to be able to access information about the health facilities they use, whether that’s public or private hospitals or aged care.
The Health Transparency Bill creates a framework to collect and publish information about public and private health hospitals and aged care facilities.
Thanks to these laws, hospitals and aged care facilities will be required to provide key information about their facilities, including information about staffing levels.
If facilities don’t comply, we’ll be able to name and shame them – because Queenslanders deserve to know if hospitals and aged care facilities won’t be transparent with them.
You can view Minister Mile's media release here:
More Queenslanders to Benefit from Disability Parking Rules:
Vision-impaired people in Queensland will be eligible for disability parking permits from next year under law changes supported by the Palaszczuk Government.
It will ensure people with vision impairment and their carers are supported with safer and more convenient access in car parks across the state.
Expanding the permit criteria to include people who are legally blind means about 18,000 more Queenslanders could require these spaces.
You can view Minister Bailey’s media release here: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/11/26/more-queenslanders-to-benefit-from-disability-parking-rule-changes
Tougher Penalties for Distracted Drivers:
The Palaszczuk Government is cracking down on distracted driving by increasing fines to $1,000 for using a phone while driving.
Demerit points are also increasing from 3 to 4.
If drivers are caught a second time within 12 months, double demerit points apply and they could lose their licence.
Distracted drivers are just as dangerous as drunk drivers, and these tougher penalties are an important step in making our roads safer.
During 2018, 33 people died on Queensland roads because of crashes involving distracted or inattentive drivers or riders. Over the same period, 1358 people were hospitalised in crashes caused by distracted driving.
It’s a deadly habit that needs to stop.
More information can be found in Minister Bailey's statement: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/11/28/tougher-fines-dial-up-pressure-on-distracted-drivers
Shorncliffe State School Welcome Governor for Centenary Celebrations
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland visited Shorncliffe State School as part of the ongoing centenary celebrations of the school.
I am told His Excellency and Mrs de Jersey toured the school and spoke with students about the rich history of one of our proud local schools.