Media Releases


Women in STEM urged to apply for STEM Prize

06 Feb 2018

Pioneering Queensland women in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and maths are invited to apply for the 2018 Queensland Women in Stem Prize. Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said that the prize features two categories, each worth $5000. “The ‘Jury Award’, where a panel of judges will nominate the winner and the ‘People’s Choice Award’, with the winner being chosen by members of the public”, Mr Hinchliffe said.“This is an exciting opportunity for local women working in STEM careers, and this competition is a terrific opportunity to celebrate their talent”. Recipients will be announced on 24 March 2018 during the World Science Festival Brisbane. Applications close at 4pm, 26 February 2018. For more information on how to apply, contact Stirling Hinchliffe’s electorate office on 3639 9100.

What you see is what you pay

06 Feb 2018

Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, welcomes new laws to stop Queensland motorists from paying more than the fuel prices they see on display.Mr Hinchliffe said that the Palaszczuk Government has acted to ensure drivers no longer become confused by conditionally discounted fuel prices on service station price boards.“As of last week, fuel retailers must advertise only the full price of fuel available to motorists”, Mr Hinchliffe said.Retailers will still be able to offer and promote discounted fuel schemes. They simply cannot display a discounted price on their price boards.

GCBF Round 96:

06 Feb 2018

Local not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to apply for funding under the Palaszczuk Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund, currently open for applications. Mr Hinchliffe said that grants between $500 and $35,000 to go towards upgrading services, or purchasing much-need equipment, are available as part of Queensland’s largest once-off grants programme. “Local organisations continue to benefit from this grant, for example Volunteer Marine Rescue Brisbane, the Brighton Roosters and Singh Sabha Brisbane in Taigum have recently benefited from grant funding under this initiative”, Mr Hinchliffe said.To apply, the Gambling Community Benefit Fund’s online grant portal has a wealth of information at your service and can be accessed at: organisations seeking to find out more about this grant or how to apply to contact Stirling Hinchliffe’s electorate office on (07) 3639 9100 or via email Applica ...

Children under five to receive free flu vaccine

05 Dec 2017

Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, is urging local parents to take advantage of the Palaszczuk Government’s new free flu vaccination program for children aged under five years. “I would ask every parent who has a child who will be under five to make a note in their calendar to access this free vaccine for their child next year ahead of the 2018 flu season,” Mr Hinchliffe said. So far this year more than 500 children aged under five admitted to public hospitals have tested positive for influenza.For information on the free vaccine program for children aged under five years, visit the Queensland Health website –

2018 Deagon Picnic Race Day Secured

18 Nov 2017

Community racing will return to the Deagon Racecourse on Sunday, 8 July 2018 with the Deagon Picnic Race Day returning next year. Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said that he was excited to announce the date returning to the local calendar of events. This announcement follows lengthy negotiations over the past six months between the Deagon Racing Club, Racing Queensland and the Brisbane Racing Club. “Having these organisations committed to securing a date for the 2018 Deagon Picnic Race Day is exciting news for our local community,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “There is something quite special about having the country come to the Bayside for a day at the races, which is why I am proud to have initiated the conversation to make the 2018 Deagon Race Day a reality.” Next year’s Deagon Picnic Race Day will again feature the running of the ‘Deagon Cup’ - a perpetual trophy established for 2014 race day. The day will also be the last event on of the Winter Racing Carnival. This year ...


02 Nov 2017

Stirling Hinchliffe and Queensland Labor are committed to the future of front-line health service delivery at the Brighton Health Campus.“Over the last number of months, I have been participating with the Sandgate residents and the Metro North Hospital and Health Service in considering future health service delivery at this location. “Outcomes of clinical and community consultation about the Brighton Health Campus point to a clear focus on enhanced rehabilitation services, transitional care and services for our community. “A Draft Clinical Services Plan proposes to transition the Campus into a centre of excellence in aged care, empowering locals to live an active and healthy lifestyle in their old age. This exciting new phase will enhance the founding values of exceptional care and compassion which for over 70 years have seen the Brighton Health Campus (Eventide) deliver for our community. The Draft Clinical Services Plan includes enhanced options in rehabilitation, transitional care a ...

Stirling Hinchliffe urges local community groups to apply for funding

24 Oct 2017

Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, is calling on local community groups to apply for funding under the latest round of Gambling Community Benefit Fund, which is now open.Mr Hinchliffe said community groups across the Sandgate electorate are able to apply for funding worth between $500 and $35,000.“The Gambling Community Benefit Fund is Queensland’s largest one-off grants program and each year it distributes about $54 million of gaming revenue to Queensland communities,” Mr Hinchliffe said.“Since coming to Government in 2015, the Palaszczuk Government has distributed over $1.11 million to community groups across the Sandgate electorate.“This funding has allowed our community groups to purchase much-needed equipment and to upgrade their facilities.“These not-for-profit groups are the backbone of our community and these grants allow the community groups to fund projects that might have otherwise been out of reach.”Mr Hinchliffe said the Gambling Community Benefit Fund allowed sport ...

Fisheries patrol officers to wear body cameras

21 Oct 2017

Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said he welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s role out of body worn cameras for our state’s hardworking Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers.“A Workplace Health and Safety Review recommended the roll out of the cameras and they will be part of standard uniform by February 2018. “It will help to ensure the safety of the patrol officers and with compliance and prosecutions,” said Mr Hinchliffe. This roll out comes as 20 newly recruited patrol officers start work throughout the state – an increase of 20%For further information on Queensland fisheries visit

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.