Media Releases


Entrepreneur Grants signal big opportunity for small business

21 Oct 2017

With matched funding of up to $5000 available to help eligible Queensland small businesses tackle the challenging first few years, the Palaszczuk Government’s Small Business Entrepreneur Grants are ensuring more operators across the Sandgate electorate can survive, grow and employ.Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said that Round 2 of the Entrepreneur Grants – part of the government’s $22.7 million Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy – is now open, and urges emerging local businesses to apply for support.Applications for Round 2 of the Small Business Entrepreneur Grants close 21 November 2017, 5.00pm.To be eligible, a business must have a business name registered within the past four years, have fewer than 20 employees, have an EBN and be registered for GST, and be based in Queensland.For further information regarding funding, eligibility and assessment, contact Stirling Hinchliffe’s office on (07) 3639 9100 or via email:

Local Seniors Urged to make the most out of State Government Concessions

21 Oct 2017

Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, is urging local seniors to check to see if they are making the most out of the Palaszczuk Government’s seniors’ concessions. “Being eligible for the Queensland Seniors Card and Seniors +go Card means local seniors could save hundreds of dollars on essential services like electricity and gas, your car rego, public transport and health costs such as glasses and dental,” said Mr Hinchliffe. To find out more about concessions you may be eligible for, contact Stirling Hinchliffe’s electorate office on (07) 3639 9100.

Palaszczuk Government Grant to Enhance Female Facilities Now Open

14 Oct 2017

Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, is backing the Palaszczuk Government’s goal of tackling inequality by creating more sporting opportunities for women through its Female Facilities grant now available to local sporting clubs. Mr Hinchliffe said he welcomed the new, $15 million programme as part of the Queensland Government’s successful ‘Get in the Game’ initiative to help support local clubs involve more girls in non-traditional sports. “The Female Facilities Programme is an exciting new fund to support the construction of female amenities at sporting clubs in our community and right across Queensland,” Mr Hinchliffe said.“Many clubs across the state were built in an entirely different era, when far fewer women and girls played club sport or participated in active recreation, if at all. “Times have changed and more women are getting involved with team sport but are forced to use the same change rooms and bathrooms as the male players.“The Female Facilities Programme aims to a ...

Stirling Hinchliffe welcomes State Government moves to strengthen consumer protection for residents in retirement villages and manufactured home parks

23 Sep 2017

The Palaszczuk Government’s moves to strengthen consumer protection for retirees living in retirement villages and manufactured home parks as part of its new Housing Strategy 2017-2027, has the backing of Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe.Mr Hinchliffe said over the past several weeks, he had personally written to affected residents across his electorate to inform them and canvas their views. “It is essential our retirement living and manufactured home park laws are centred on fairness for residents and seniors.“After consulting with residents, it is very clear that their rights need to come in line with the expectations of our community. “We must ensure our Queensland retirees can enjoy peace of mind, by giving them stringent consumer protections they need and deserve,” said Mr Hinchliffe. The Queensland Government has announced they will introduce laws that would:• require simplified, standard contracts.• require on-going fees and charges to be clearly declared upfront.• intro ...

Small craft users can now use smaller emergency beacons

12 Sep 2017

A long popular safety accessory for bushwalkers and outback travellers, personal locator beacons are now hitting the waves on jet-ski riders, kayakers and small boat sailors.Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said advances in search and rescue technology meant operators of smaller craft could now use personal locator beacons without compromising their safety.“The Palaszczuk Government has taken a common sense approach to legislation, and will now allow these beacons as acceptable safety equipment on lightweight craft such as personal watercraft, more commonly called jet-skis, canoes, kayaks and sailboats under six metres,” he said. “Current regulations require Queensland regulated ships to carry an Emergency Position Indicating Rescue Beacon (EPIRB) when operating outside of the declared smooth or partially smooth waters or other waters more than two nautical miles from land.“We have determined it is now possible for personal watercraft (PWC) and other lightweight craft users to ...

New station for 4017 firefighters and community

09 Sep 2017

The 4017 community is set to receive a $5.8 million state-of-the-art Fire and Rescue Station, which will accommodate up to 40 staff and allow firefighters to better assist the communities they serve. The new facility will be located on Bracken Ridge Road, Bracken Ridge replacing the existing Sandgate Fire and Rescue Station on Brighton Road. Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe made the announcement at the Emergency Community Services Expo held at VMR Brisbane at Shorncliffe today (Sunday 10 September 2017). Earlier in the week he and Fire and Emergency Services Minister, Mark Ryan met with staff at the Sandgate Fire and Rescue Station who said they were looking forward to the new development being completed by 2020.“Our Fire and Rescue Stations need to meet contemporary operational requirements, so that they can continue providing a comprehensive fire and rescue response to the community,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “The new Bracken Ridge Fire and Rescue Station will provide firefighter ...

Sandgate job seekers complete construction traineeships

24 Aug 2017

Local job seekers have been working on improving the 4017 community organisations’ facilities as part of an innovative project to develop their skills, experience and chances of securing new jobs.Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, congratulated the latest ‘Building our Community’ graduates and those who have supported these participants and the project. “It is terrific to see the construction industry and our community pull together to create such an effective pathway for job seekers to gain the knowledge and skills they need to build their career options,” Mr Hinchliffe said. Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath said SANDBAG’s Building our Community project had already seen eight participants from the latest intake of 15 people secure ongoing work ahead of their graduation.“This latest group of participants were recruited onto these paid Work Skills Traineeships with SANDBAG thanks to funding from the State Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative,” Mrs ...

New grants boost to Queensland Mental Health Week

21 Aug 2017

Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe is urging community groups across the Northside to apply for a share in $85,000 in State Government grants to hold events during Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW), October 8-14.Individual grants up to $2,500 are now open to local government, non-government and community groups hosting events and activities during QMHW.Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the grants complimented the work being done by the Palaszczuk Government to support Mental Health in Queensland. “Mental Health Week provides an opportunity to promote positive mental health, and these grants will improve the community’s ability to engage in activities all across Queensland,” Mr Dick said.Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said the Community Event Grant program contributes toward hosting better, more informative and effective events and activities in QMHW.“The grants offset expenses such as engaging specialists for workshops or seminars, venue a ...

4017 locals urged to stay alert for swooping magpies

18 Aug 2017

Like most Australians, I have some very distinct memories of being swooped by magpies during the spring months. As we enter September, I want to remind all residents across the 4017 and surrounding suburbs to be aware of swooping magpies and to take the necessary precautions to ensure you stay safe during magpie ‘swooping season’. Although studies have shown that less than 10 percent of magpies are aggressive towards humans, I want to remind people there are a number of ways to protect yourselves from a swooping magpie. Broad-brimmed hats and umbrellas are great ways for pedestrians to protect their heads and faces, and cyclists are encouraged to dismount their bikes and walk if they are being swooped. While a magpie swooping is mostly instinctive, it is important to not “fight back” because it could further aggravate the magpie. Remember, because they are a protected species in Queensland, any interference or unpermitted relocation is prohibited. If a magpie that is defending its nest ...

Time is right to get a flu jab

12 Aug 2017

Northside residents are being urged to get their flu shot, with the latest Queensland Health figures showing a consistent increase in notifications and percentage positive tests.Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said there has been a marked rise in flu notifications in recent weeks, as the flu season ramps up.In the Metro North Hospital and Health Service Region, there have been 3474 confirmed influenza cases from January 1-August 6, this year.“We’ve seen a significant rise in notifications over the past few weeks, indicating that the flu season is now upon us,” Mr Hinchliffe said.“Vaccination is the best chance to protect yourself and the people around you from contracting the flu.”Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Cameron Dick said it’s not too late for people to be vaccinated.“I’m urging all Queenslanders who have not had a flu vaccination this year to make booking an appointment a priority,” Mr Dick said.“This year’s vaccine protects against two ‘A’ and two ‘B’ st ...