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.
If you have any issues please contact my office.
Tim Nicholls MP
Treasurer and Minister for Trade
Member for Clayfield
High gear on bicycle education for local school
Students from grade 5 and 7 at Kedron State School have completed the Bicycle Education and Safety Training course held at the Redcliffe PCYC last week.
Approximately 70 students learnt road rules, how to be safe on the road and a number of bicycle skills as part of the course.
The students attended the course after the school applied and was awarded a Community Road Safety Grant from the State Government. Funding of $4,800 allowed the students to attend the course free of charge.
Member for Clayfield Tim Nicholls said the grant was hugely beneficial to the community by keeping our kids safe on the road.
“Young people are the most vulnerable on our roads whether it is on a bike or behind a wheel.” Mr Nicholls said
“This funding will be a long lasting benefit for the community into the future.”
“to donate a bike as a raffle prize to all those students who attended and successfully completed the course.”
Delia Atkinson, a parent of two young students at Kedron State School, helped apply for the grant. Ms Atkinson said the hands-on approach the course takes complements work in school.
“The practical side of the program is also supported by units of work in both year levels.” Ms Atkinson said.
“We envisage this training will help keep our students safe during their primary schooling years, and hopefully this knowledge will also travel with them on the weekends when riding with family/friends, commuting by bicycle in their high school years, and even beyond as they learn to be safe and courteous drivers."
New report underlines strength of Queensland economy
A new economic report showed Queensland well positioned for strong growth in the future, Treasurer Tim Nicholls said today.
“The Deloitte Queensland Index finds our state economy is effectively moving from a resources investment phase to a production phase without a substantial dip,” Mr Nicholls said.
“That’s because Queensland has a diverse economy, something the Government has recognised from the beginning with our four pillars policy.
“In fact, the Deloitte Index points to the importance of the four pillars of construction, tourism, agriculture and resources, along with education and wealth management, in growing our economy.”
Mr Nicholls said the report supported forecasts made in this year’s State Budget.
“Deloitte’s growth forecast is broadly in line with Treasury’s forecast of three per cent this financial year increasing to six per cent growth in 2015-16 when major gas projects come online,” he said.
“This year Queensland is expected to be the strongest growing state economy in the country.
“The positive tone of this report is further endorsement of the LNP Government’s economic strategy,
“We are on the cusp of strong growth but we are still held back by $80 billion of debt which we inherited from the previous Labor Government.
“The LNP Government has outlined its plan to sell or lease some assets to reduce the debt and fund the infrastructure a growing state needs.
“Our plan includes $8.6 billion for job-creating infrastructure projects that would support further economic growth.
“The Deloitte report points to the importance of maintaining a constant pipeline of projects to sustain the economy and says that Queensland is well-placed in this regard.
“That thinking is in line with what the Government’s plan and is in stark contrast to the Labor party which has no plan for delivering infrastructure for a growing state.
“All Labor is offering is the opportunity for increased taxes that will stymie economic growth and strike Queensland families hard.”
Great Start Grant reaches 7000th Queensland family
The Queensland Government’s $15,000 Great Start Grant has now helped more than 7000 Queensland families buy their first home.
Treasurer Tim Nicholls said with the program about to mark its two year anniversary, Great Start Grants totalling over $111 million had assisted Queenslanders from all over the state reach the milestone of home ownership.
“Our government’s strong plan for a bright future is seeing the construction sector move steadily ahead and the Great Start Grant program is a another part of delivering on that plan,” Mr Nicholls said.
“The $15,000 Great Start Grant, along with our reintroduction of the principal place of residence transfer duty concession is helping boost property and construction in Queensland, with ABS figures showing trend building approvals have increased by almost 25 per cent since the LNP’s election.
“Under Labor, the construction industry stagnated in Queensland, but our Government promised to grow construction as one of the four pillars of the state’s economy and that’s exactly what the grants are doing by encouraging new entrants into the housing market.
“In July, a record 602 grants were given out, with over $9 million going to first homeowners in that month alone.”
Mr Nicholls said almost 50 per cent of the new home buyers were in the greater Brisbane area.
“We’ve also seen nearly 20 per cent of the grants paid to home buyers in North Queensland and more than ten per cent to buyers in the Gold Coast region,” he said.
Housing Industry Association Executive Director Warwick Temby said the Great Start Grant delivered much-needed activity in the sector.
“The home building industry in Queensland is right behind this grant and actively promotes its value to clients,” Mr Temby said.
“It has been an important ingredient in getting first home buyers into the housing market, and because it is not time limited first homebuyers can plan and save knowing the grant is not about to expire.
“It can also remove the need for costly mortgage insurance for some homebuyers, making it a doubly worthwhile contribution to their purchase.”
Mr Nicholls said the Great Start Grant was available to first home buyers, purchasing or building a new house, townhouse or unit valued at up to $750,000.
More information about the program is available at www.qld.gov.au/greatstartgrant.
Jobs numbers point to need for Strong Choices
Today’s disappointing unemployment data further highlights the need for the Government to reduce debt so it can increase funding for job-creating infrastructure projects.
Treasurer Tim Nicholls said trend unemployment increased 0.1 per cent in July to 6.5 per cent while seasonally adjusted the rise was 0.5 per cent to 6.8 per cent.
The increase in unemployment in Queensland is part of the Australia-wide trend.
“This is a disappointing result and further evidence that while the State’s economy is still growing strongly, the benefits are not being felt by all Queenslanders,” Mr Nicholls said.
“On the positive side, Queensland still leads the nation in jobs growth.
“In the year to July more than 50,000 jobs were created in this state,” he said.
Mr Nicholls said the participation rate also increased by 0.7 per cent in trend terms since the start of the year.
“This increase is largely due to an increase in the number of women entering the workforce,” he said.
Mr Nicholls said employment would be further bolstered if the Government was given a mandate to implement its $8.6 billion Strong Choices Investment Program which could create up to 25,000 new jobs.
“If we can reduce our $4 billion a year interest bill on the State’s $80 billion debt we can start to invest in the sorts of projects that generate those jobs,” he said.
“Our plan includes significant investment in regional Queensland, creating more jobs in local communities.
“Only the Government has a strong plan for a brighter future for Queensland.”