Media Releases


New vocational education scholarships to advance STEM careers

25 Jul 2017

The Palaszczuk Government will provide more Queenslanders with the opportunity to study science, technology, engineering and maths at TAFE through a new Advance Queensland scholarship programme.Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said the $350,000 Advance Queensland–TAFE Queensland Pathways Scholarships were now open for applications.Mr Hinchliffe said this is an opportunity for Queenslanders to gain higher level vocational education qualifications to equip them for a career in science and technology. “The programme is designed to encourage students to complete both a TAFE Queensland qualification and university study in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths)-related careers, including nursing, engineering, science and technology,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “These new Advance Queensland scholarships will improve opportunities across demographic groups and help students from all walks of life to start their STEM-related career and prepare themselves for the jobs of the future ...

Qld Government to strengthen consumer protection for seniors in retirement villages and manufactured homes parks

15 Jul 2017

The Palaszczuk Government is taking action to boost and toughen consumer protection for seniors living in retirement villages as part of its new Housing Strategy 2017-2027.Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said that after hearing from our community it was clear that changes were needed urgently, to better protect seniors’ rights. “It’s essential our retirement living and manufactured home (Residential Parks) laws are centred on fairness for residents and seniors.“I have been speaking with residents over the past 18 months and it’s very clear that the rights of people who live in retirement villages just aren’t in line with the expectations of the community. “We must ensure our Queensland seniors can enjoy peace of mind in their retirement years, by giving them stringent consumer protections they need and deserve.” The Queensland Government has announced they will introduce laws that would:• require simplified, standard contracts.• require on-going fees and charges to be clearly ...

Opportunity to join three new fishery working groups

15 Jul 2017

Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, is encouraging local people with an interest in fishing to register their interest in becoming part of the biggest reform in Queensland’s fisheries management for a generation.Expressions of interest are being sought from experienced individuals to join one of three new fishery working groups.Mr Hinchliffe said working groups were fundamental to the delivery of a world-class fisheries management system under the new Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017-2027.“We want to hear from people who want to be part of the east coast trawl, crab, and east coast inshore working groups.” “The working groups will provide advice on the operational aspects of the management of a particular fishery, “said Mr Hinchliffe. The groups will provide advice on management options and developing a harvest strategy.Fisheries Queensland is seeking people with knowledge from a range of sectors including recreational, commercial or indigenous fishers, charter fishing licence ...

Group forms to connect people living with a disability in Fitzgibbon

04 Jul 2017

Local members of the Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) have joined forces to create a new support group to connect people with disability living in Fitzgibbon and surrounding areas. Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, joined QDN members at the Fitzgibbon community centre to see first-hand how the group will use the Fitzgibbon Community Centre to enhance the opportunities for locals living with disability. “The Fitzgibbon Community Centre is a fantastic venue, and I’m delighted it will help bring together people in our community living with a disability.” “This space will allow members of the group to share information on what is available in and around the Fitzgibbon community and to discuss further how the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will take place,” Mr Hinchliffe said. Members of the Fitzgibbon support group said that they were looking forward to growing the group, while sharing information for those who live with disability. “People w ...

$150k in infrastructure grants available for local clubs

26 Jun 2017

Local sport and recreation clubs are urged to apply for funding of the Queensland Government’s Get Playing Places and Spaces program. Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said $15 million total funding is available to local sport and recreation organisations through these programs. “Our local community sports clubs have had some great projects funded under these grants and I encourage clubs to start preparing applications now” Mr Hinchliffe said. Applications are now open for sports clubs to apply for a grant up to $150,000 to upgrade or build new infrastructure or facilities. “If there are any clubs out there who need better lighting, improved fields or new change facilities to encourage more female players to get involved, I encourage them start preparing their applications now. “We’re proud to be able to provide more opportunities for Queenslanders to participate in sport and active recreation at the grassroots level—to g ...

Stirling Hinchliffe recognises long serving JPs

26 Jun 2017

With more than 125 years of combined community service behind them as a Justice of the Peace, Mr Cecil Rule, Mr John Tomkins, Ms Janelle Peach and Ms Nardja Cook (pictured) have played a significant role in serving our community over the years. Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, hosted a morning tea at his electorate office in recognition of their service last Friday, where they were presented with long service certificates signed by Queensland Attorney-General, Yvette D’Ath MP. Mr Hinchliffe said that through service as a Justice of the Peace, these people have assisted those who have needed a legal or administrative service within our community. “This is an important role which contributes significantly to the integrity of our State’s legal system.” “I draw inspiration from their outstanding generosity and services to our community,” Mr Hinchliffe said. The Department of Justice recognises members of the community who have pro ...

Local footy facilities can share in $1.3 million fund

01 Jun 2017

Rugby league clubs and local government associations across the Sandgate electorate could share in nearly $1.3 million in grants to improve their facilities, with the Palaszczuk Government’s Footy Facilities Fund now open for applications. Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said he was excited to inform the Brighton Roosters they could apply for funding under this fantastic initiative. “The Palaszczuk Government is proud to partner with the National Rugby League (NRL) and Queensland Rugby League (QRL) to form the Footy Facilities Fund which will help to foster, develop and grow the game of rugby league across the state,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “This is especially big news for rugby league clubs, like the Roosters, who will be able to develop their rugby league facilities in line with competition standards, allowing more players to participate and improve their game in top quality facilities.” Brighton Roosters Junior Rugby League Club Presi ...

Christmas comes early for Sandgate Electorate community groups

19 Dec 2016
Christmas has come early for community groups across the Sandgate Electorate with the recent announcement of the successful recipients of the latest round of Gambling Community Benefit Fund Grants (GCBF).

Priority Taxis for Wheelchair Users

19 Dec 2016
Taxi waiting times for wheelchair users across the Sandgate electorate will improve with the Palaszczuk Government providing $5.6 million in incentive payments across Queensland to the drivers of wheelchair accessible taxis (WATs).

Get on board with Fairer Fares in Sandgate

18 Dec 2016
The Palaszczuk Government will slash public transport fares for commuters across south-east Queensland from Monday, 19 December ahead of its official launch on 1 January next year.