I hope you will find this website useful in keeping you updated with what is going on in and around the Clayfield Electorate as well as in State Parliament. If you have any suggestions on how you would like to see our electorate improved please let me know.
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Tim Nicholls MP
Treasurer and Minister for Trade
Member for Clayfield
Queensland’s economy outperforming other states
Queensland’s growing economic strength has again been confirmed by two separate reports released today.
Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the CommSec State of the States report and the Deloitte Access Economics Business Outlook both confirm Queensland is one of Australia’s economic powerhouses.
“But we also know that there is more to do, and that not all Queenslanders are experiencing the full benefits of this growth,” Mr Nicholls said.
“The CommSec report shows Queensland is the second best performing state on a range of measures, including economic growth, retail spending and construction work.
“Queensland is also the leading state when it comes to equipment investment.”
Mr Nicholls said the State of the States report also indicated there was strengthening activity in the state’s property sector.
“Before the LNP’s election, Queensland was the worst performing state on dwelling construction starts and we’re now moving strongly up the rankings,” he said.
“Encouragingly, the report notes Queensland housing starts are 26.2 per cent higher than a year ago.”
Mr Nicholls said the Deloitte Access Economics Business Outlook forecast that Queensland would have the fastest growing state economy over the next two years.
“Deloitte predicts Queensland’s economic growth will continue to outstrip the national average,” he said.
“In particular, they note the potential for growth in the retail and housing construction sectors.”
“These reports, together with the Budget papers, show Queensland is on the cusp of strong growth.
“But in order to secure this growth we have to pay down the accumulated $80 billion debt, which is currently constraining our ability to invest in the new infrastructure this growing state needs.”
Clayfield clubs urged to get off the starting blocks and Get in the Game
Member for Clayfield Tim Nicholls said there was more than $14.5 million dollars available for clubs under this new round which 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 Clayfield shared in more than $130,000 of Get Playing funding to improve their infrastructure and facilities.
“In addition, four clubs shared around $24,400 in Get Going funding to provide better services and boost club membership.”
Mr Nicholls said Clayfield clubs that received funding under round two included:
Hendra’s All Stars Baseball Club President Jodie Moore, said the club has seen increased participation in the sport as a result of the grant.
“It’s really about greater awareness of the sport and getting the kids involved and having a go”
Brothers Rugby Club President, Jim Frayne said the funding came at just the right time.
“Without the generous support of the State Government, through the grant, the club would not have been able to fund a complete replacement.” Mr Frayne
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 http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/funding/getinthegame/index.html.
2015 Premier's Anzac Prize for students
The 2015 Premier's Anzac Prize provides 70 Queensland students with the opportunity to attend the Anzac centenary commemoration in Gallipoli and travel to the Western Front battlefields in France and Belgium. This once-in-a-lifetime prize covers travel, accommodation, insurance and meal expenses. Students in Years 8 to 11 have until 19 September to lodge a submission.
For more information visit www.education.qld.gov.au/anzac-prize
Kids Get Started again with sport funding
Clayfield 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 Clayfield Hon Tim Nicholls MP said the initiative was successfully lowering the cost of living for local families with 134 vouchers issued in this electorate since the program commenced.
“Get Started officially opens for applications today and provides vouchers valued up to $150 to help kids whose families can least afford for them to join a sport or recreation club.”
Hon Tim Nicholls MP 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.
Hon Tim Nicholls MP 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.