STATE MEMBER FOR LYTTON
Community Safety – Thank You for Your Feedback
I would like to thank immensely all Baysiders who took part in my Community Safety Survey last month. Your responses were honest, insightful and important in ensuring that community safety measures represent the needs of local residents here on our Bayside.
I am pleased to announce that the Strengthening Community Safety Bill 2023 has now passed Parliament and will assist in maintaining a high standard of community safety, whilst breaking the cycle of youth offending.
As part of these important community safety reforms, there will be further investment in addressing the complex causes of youth crime.
A new investment of $332 million will help boost police resources and support community safety.
In addition, there will be a significant funding boost for the Queensland Police Service including a new $25 million injection for high visibility police patrols and $17 million for expanded joint flying squads.
Everyone on our Bayside deserves to feel safe, and I am confident these tough new measures will ensure that youth crime is tackled head-on.
Gift of Life Walk
I recently took part in the Gift of Life walk along our beautiful Esplanade, which was a wonderful opportunity to get outside, stay active and start important conversations surrounding organ and tissue donation.
Organ, eye and tissue donation saves lives, restores health and improves the quality of life for thousands of Australians each year. But did you know that only 2% of people who die in hospital each year can be considered for organ donation?
One organ donor can save the lives of up to seven people and help many more through eye and tissue donation.
You can make a difference in the lives of others by registering yourself as an organ and tissue donor today – simply visit www.donatelife.gov.au.
Hydrogen Skills of the Future Start in Wynnum
It’s no secret that clean, green Hydrogen is an important part of Queensland’s move to a clean energy future, so I am very excited to announce that one of our very own Bayside high schools will be taking the lead in equipping our Lytton students with the skills they need to thrive in a booming emerging hydrogen industry when they graduate!
Wynnum State High School is one of 32 schools across the State that will be offering students the opportunity to get involved in a new Queensland Government Hydrogen Gateway to Industry Skills program.
The program will be aimed at equipping students with the knowledge and skills required to pursue careers in the emerging hydrogen sector.
The program will be delivered at the school and cover a range of topics related to hydrogen production, storage, transport and use. The curriculum will be delivered in partnership with industry experts and will include hands-on learning experiences and industry placements to give students a real-world understanding of the sector.
This is a fantastic opportunity for students of Wynnum State High School, and offers incredible career prospectives for young people of the Bayside. It builds on the success of the launch of the Hydrogen Gateway to Industry Skills program in 2022, where across all 11 industries, nearly 31,000 Queensland students participated in the program.
Our Bayside is fast becoming a centrepiece for the renewable energy revolution currently occurring in Queensland. With several projects underway, including the development of a hydrogen refuelling station in Lytton, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to produce local skilled workers who can drive the sector’s growth, both in our Bayside community and across the State.
By equipping Bayside young people with the skills and knowledge required to pursue careers in the hydrogen industry, the program will not only benefit students but will also help to address the skills shortage facing the sector.
It will position Queensland as a leader in the hydrogen industry and pave the way for a sustainable and prosperous future.
Path to Treaty Information Evening
Recently, the Queensland Government took a significant step towards achieving reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by announcing a Path to Treaty process, so I would like to extend the opportunity to Baysiders to attend my Path to Treaty information evening this April.
Organised in conjunction with our Bayside’s very own Aunty Becky Thomson, Chairperson of Winnam Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation, Baysiders will have the opportunity to hear from the Hon Craig Crawford MP, Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, in addition to the voices of Indigenous Elders and Members of the Interim Truth and Treaty Body.
It will be a great opportunity to learn more about what the Queensland Path to Treaty means for our Bayside and State, and to ask any question that you may have.
Date: Monday, 3 April 2023 | Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
Location: Wynnum Manly Leagues Club
The Path to Treaty process will be complex and challenging, but I am committed to working in partnership with Indigenous peoples to ensure that the process is meaningful and effective. The Path to Treaty process is not an endpoint but a means to achieving greater justice, equity, and reconciliation and I hope that as a Bayside, we can take this important journey together.
Down Syndrome Queensland Visits Parliament
21 March 2023 marked World Down Syndrome Day, an important annual event to raise awareness for Down Syndrome – a genetic condition that affects approximately 1 in 800 births worldwide.
This year, World Down Syndrome Day 2023 was celebrated with the theme “CONNECTED” to emphasise the importance of building meaningful connections with individuals with Down syndrome and promoting their full inclusion and participation in society.
Consequently, I was delighted to invite Down Syndrome Queensland to Parliament House on World Down Syndrome Day for a morning meet and greet, to showcase the great work that the charity does in improving the quality of life for people with Down syndrome, by supporting and strengthening families and promoting positive and realistic images of people with Down syndrome.
The day was also a great opportunity to recognise the unique abilities and strengths of people with Down syndrome and to promote their human rights, dignity, and well-being.
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