Media Releases


Solar trial starts bringing electricity savings to Cairns public housing tenants

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Up to 2,300 households in Cairns and Rockhampton will be given the opportunity to take part in a solar on public housing trial and save money on their electricity bill. Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said the first invitations to participate in the voluntary trial will be sent out in the next week and […]

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Bruce Highway upgrade delivers early for Cairns

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

• Cairns Southern Access – Foster to Robert Road upgrade project opened today • Freight and tourism industries set to benefit from improved traffic flow, reliability and safety The $58 million upgrade of the Bruce Highway from four to six lanes between Foster Road and Robert Road was officially opened today – three months ahead […]

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More than 30 Far North Queensland community groups to benefit from $653,274 of funding

Friday, August 25th, 2017

The Palaszczuk Government has announced $13.3 million for 589 community groups – including $653,274 for Far North Queensland groups – in Round 93 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said community groups in the Far North Queensland region would benefit from the grants. In the latest round announced […]

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Major improvement in Cairns unemployment rates

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave, Curtis Pitt, says the latest ABS figures show significant improvements since the January 2015 state election in the general unemployment rate in Cairns as well as youth unemployment. Figures released today show the lowest unemployment rate for Cairns in eight-and-a-half years and 7,600 net new jobs have been in Cairns […]

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Have your say on proposed new place name

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Members of the public and community groups are being invited to have their say on a proposal to name a geographical feature in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave, Curtis Pitt, said the proposal involved formally naming a natural feature near Russell Island as “Catalina Rock”. “The name ‘Catalina Rock’ […]

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Royal flush for Gordonvale Pony Club and Equestrian Centre

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Facilities at Gordonvale Pony Club and Equestrian Centre have received a much needed upgrade with funding from the Queensland Government’s Get Playing Places and Spaces program. Treasurer and Mulgrave MP Curtis Pitt said the Palaszczuk Government was pleased to support the project with $93,727 in funding. “The project involved the construction of four toilets and […]

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Final call for FNQ Companies to tender for state-of-the-art Cairns Road Policing Unit

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

The Palaszczuk Government has called for eligible Far North Queensland companies to tender for the construction of the new Cairns Road Policing Unit at Woree. Police Minister Mark Ryan said the new $7.2 million high-tech complex was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to North Queenslanders to ensure their police had the resources necessary to […]

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Cairns on course to lure more ships and industry to FNQ

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Cairns is on course for two major Queensland Government projects to boost tourism and turn the city into an economic growth hotspot while protecting the Great Barrier Reef. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said developing the Port of Cairns and a potential Cairns South State Development Area (SDA) would create jobs, strengthen the far north Queensland economy […]

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Palaszczuk Government announces $900,000 funding for Far North Queensland community organisations

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

The Palaszczuk Government has announced $12.4 million for 600 community groups – including $894,278 for Far North Queensland groups – in the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the Gambling Community Benefit Fund was Queensland’s largest one-off grants program, which distributes about $53 million a […]

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Far North Queensland companies called to tender for new Gordonvale Police Station

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

The Palaszczuk Government has called on eligible Far North Queensland companies to tender for the construction of the new Gordonvale Police Station. Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the project would not only deliver on the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to frontline services, it would help improve employment and training outcomes for indigenous North […]

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