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    Indigenous Partnerships Help Keep Kids at School

    Hundreds of young Indigenous Queenslanders will continue to be supported to re-engage with school, thanks to a $17 million investment by the Palaszczuk Government.Education Minister Grace Grace today announced continuing partnerships with the Clontarf Foundation, Stars Foundation, Brisbane Broncos...

    Astra Zeneca vaccine not effective against new Covid strains as African variant spreads to Indonesia

    New studies show the Astra Zeneca vaccine, the workhorse of Australia’s vaccine program, is just 10% effective against the virulent South African Covid strain, which reached Indonesian shores this week. Callum Foote investigates.The AstraZeneca vaccine, which Australia has primarily stockpiled, is only 10% effective against the fast-spreading South African coronavirus...

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    Palaszczuk Government Ignites Innovation for More Queensland Jobs

    More manufacturing jobs are on their way for a Queensland business, thanks to Palaszczuk Government funding to help market a very clever Brisbane innovation.Innovation Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Brisbane firm Scott Airway Management had received $100,000 in Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas funding to scale up its SAM Safety Shield...

    Produce Protection for Queensland Apple and Pear Growers

    The Horticultural Netting Program has been announced for Queensland apple and pear growers.Netting delivers productivity boosts by protecting crops from extreme weather and pests.The program will be implemented by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and FisheriesQueensland apple and pear growers will be able to access $1.5 million in grants...

    $2 Million Campaign to Give Queensland Tourists a Taste of Farm Life

    An authentic taste of farm life is on the holiday menu for Queensland tourists with the launch of a $2 million campaign to attract visitors to farms and help farmers diversify their income as part of the state’s Economic Recovery Plan.Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister...

    New state-of-the-art vessel joins Great Barrier Reef fleet

    The latest weapon in protecting the Great Barrier Reef has been officially unveiled in Gladstone today with the launch of a $9.7 million state of the art Reef Resilience vessel bringing new capabilities in compliance, surveying and research.The 24-metre Reef Resilience, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments...

    Awards reward Class of 2020 high achievers

    Nearly 60 high-achieving Year 12 graduates from Weipa to the border town of Stanthorpe will have some extra cash in their pockets to support their university studies, thanks to Palaszczuk Government grants and scholarships.They include 36 students who are studying to become teachers, as well as winners of an...

    Red Cross defied basic principles of blood safety by recruiting Hepatitis C-infected donors

    The Red Cross actively encouraged people it knew were infected with Hepatitis C to continue to donate blood in defiance of basic principles of blood safety. As set out by World Health Organisation guidelines, a safe blood donor is healthy and has no risk factors for HIV or other...

    Death of the river system’: Nationals make it legal to illegally take water from Upper Darling

    The NSW Liberals and Nationals have snuck through floodplain harvesting legislation that allows upstream irrigators to take up to five times (500 %) their licensed water allotments, potentially devastating the already fragile Murray Darling system. Callum Foote reports.NSW parliament will tomorrow vote on a motion that may decide the very future...

    Community groups bolstered by $12.7M in grants funding

    545 local Queensland community groups are set to benefit from more than $12.7 million in funding from the latest round of Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) grants. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman today announced the successful organisations and opened the latest round of grants for application. “Our not-for-profit organisations...

    COVID-19 Vaccine rollout in Cairns – one week on

    The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is well underway in the Far North, with Cairns Hospital on track to vaccinate its 1000th person. It has been a week since the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service started vaccinating frontline workers in the dedicated COVID-19 vaccine centre at Cairns Hospital. Minister for Health...

    Non-urgent presentations place pressure on public EDs

    More than a third of Queensland’s emergency department presentations are ailments or injuries that could be treated by a GP or pharmacist, latest data shows. The state’s hospital performance data for the October-December 2020 quarter shows there were 587,301 ED presentations. All 4,234 Category 1 patients – the most urgent cases...

    Cleanaway fined

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has issued Cleanaway Solid Waste Pty Ltd with two penalty infringement notices (PINs) totalling $26,690.The PINs, each of $13,345, are for two breaches of the company’s environmental authority (EA) for its landfill facility at New Chum.Cleanaway reported to DES that on 7...

    DISASTER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR CYCLONE-IMPACTED COMMUNITIES IN NORTH QUEENSLAND

    In the wake of Tropical Cyclone Niran, disaster assistance has been made available to assist local councils dealing with the extensive clean-up efforts required in its wake. Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Federal Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the DRFA assistance...

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