Christmas in Nundah Village
Date: Thursday 4 December 2014
Where: Circa Plaza, Sandgate Rd, Nundah Village
When: Carols at 5:30pm and Santa arrives at 6:30pm.
There will be stalls, music and Christmas lights on offer for the whole family to enjoy.
When I was elected as the State Member for Clayfield in 2006 I said I would fight for what’s best for the local community. I have worked hard since then to keep that promise.
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
Electricity Price Relief
Under the Queensland Government’s $3.4 billion Strong Choices Electricity Price Relief plan the typical Queensland household will save $577 on their power bills over the next five years. Find out how much you could save using the online calculator found here www.strongchoices.qld.gov.au.
If given a mandate at the 2015 State election, we will have the funds available to take six per cent off retail electricity prices in 2015/16.”
To check your own electricity bill and work out what your own future savings could be, go to www.strongchoices.qld.gov.au.
Trade mission to build on Queensland’s G20 success
Jobs and business opportunities would be the focus of a trade and investment mission to Singapore and Indonesia next month, building on the achievements of the G20 Summit.
Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the Government would capitalise on G20’s successful leadership and finance meetings when he headed a delegation of Queensland business leaders promoting our endless opportunities for growth and further strengthening our investment ties.
“This trip is part of our strong plan to create business opportunities now and the jobs of the future,” Mr Nicholls said.
“After meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro as well as Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam during the Summit, I’m keen to further our discussions and continue to develop Queensland’s relationship with these important trading partners.
“Queensland’s attractiveness as an investment destination and place for getting business done has been enhanced by the seamless G20 meeting we hosted and it’s important that we continue to foster links in these pivotal countries within the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.
“This mission will target important Indonesian and Singaporean markets for Queensland, including our state’s world-class food and agribusiness, and education and training industries.
“Queensland’s food and agriculture sector is valued at more than $14 billion per year and is our state’s second-biggest export earner, contributing more than $13 billion to the state's economy.
“Labor has no plan for Queensland, but we are focused on growing the economy.”
Mr Nicholls said the trade mission would also be an opportunity to attract importers and investors to Beef Australia 2015, one of Queensland’s major industry events.
“In recognition of the increasing importance for Queensland of the ASEAN region, I will also be officially opening the Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ) Representative Office while in Jakarta,” he said.
“This office will represent Queensland’s interests and assist Indonesian businesses to grow their relationship with our state.
The Singapore and Indonesia trade mission will take place from 8 – 11 December, and it’s expected around 30 delegates will be travelling.
Mr Nicholls also welcomed the unprecedented Free Trade Agreement signed between Australia and China, which will have a hugely positive impact for the Queensland economy.
“Ten years of negotiations has paid off through the agreement, and the economic benefits, job creating opportunities and export prospects it opens for Queensland are endless,” he said.
“It’s excellent news for Queensland’s agribusiness and resources sectors, with our traditional exports to China set to benefit from the significant removal of tariffs over the next few years.
“This includes the elimination of tariffs on beef imports (currently ranging from 12-25 per cent) within nine years, removal of all tariffs on horticultural products and tariffs on all Australian seafood exports eliminated progressively over four years.”
China’s changing consumption habits and Australia’s reputation for high-quality produce will also provide opportunities within the processed food sector, with the elimination of fruit juice tariffs as well as removal of the tariff on natural honey and honey-related products.
Mr Nicholls said the G20 Summit in Brisbane had provided several opportunities for Queensland to strengthen its trade relationship with China, including the signing of two significant Memorandums of Understanding involving Chinese investment in the resources and diary industries and a China-Queensland Investment Roundtable.
“I also had the pleasure of opening the first Queensland branch of China Construction Bank, the world’s second largest bank by market capitalisation in Brisbane’s CBD ahead of the G20 kickoff,” Mr Nicholls said.
Employment security offer for power workers
Treasurer Tim Nicholls has agreed to a request from power companies Ergon, Energex and Powerlink to include a “no forced redundancies” clause in their offer to workers during current enterprise negotiations.
Mr Nicholls said the companies had written to him asking for a one-off Essential Services Employment Security provision to be offered to existing employees.
“Between them, these companies employ almost 8,500 Queenslanders working around the State to ensure safe and reliable transmission and distribution of electricity,” Mr Nicholls said.
“The companies have been talking with workers throughout the current enterprise agreement negotiations and they know employment security is a major concern for staff.”
Mr Nicholls said the Government remained committed to the simplification of employment agreements, including the removal of the “no forced redundancy” provisions for most government owned corporations.
But he said the power distribution companies faced exceptional circumstances which made employment security for existing workers a priority.
Those circumstances include:
“Providing employment security to existing employees for the duration of new employment agreements will enable the companies to promote business continuity and stability during a period of potential transition to lease arrangements,” Mr Nicholls said.
Mr Nicholls said it was now up to the power companies to make the offer to their employees as part of the enterprise agreement process.
The employment security provision would come into effect only if offered employment agreements are approved in employee ballots.
“Importantly, as Queensland heads into storm season, this option will offer employees peace-of-mind about their futures, so they can focus on their vital work maintaining a safe and reliable electricity supply to all Queenslanders,” he said.