Media Releases


New playground for Norris Road State School

27 Feb 2018

PRIMARY students at Norris Road State School are celebrating a new specialised playground for their Special Education Unit. Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, visited the school last week to officially open the new playground, which was funded by a grant under Queensland Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF). “Norris Road State School has a large Special Education Programme which supports students across a variety of areas, including through supported play at lunch time to assist with social skill and motor skill development,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “In order to enhance and further develop this supported play programme, the school’s P&C and Head of Special Education worked together to apply for the grant of $35,000 to build a specialised playground.”Head of Special Education Services, Debbie Boyd, said that the playground has been of huge value to both the school and the Special Education programme.“The specialised playground has provided the opportunity for many stud ...

Fitzgibbon Chase community green hub in good hands

22 Feb 2018

The future management and maintenance of the popular green hub in the award-winning Fitzgibbon Chase residential community has officially been handed over to the operators of the community centre.Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said the successful community garden provides locals with a fantastic focal point to live, learn and thrive together in their community.“The Fitzgibbon Community Centre will be responsible for the nearly 4500-metre square parcel of land that encompasses the edible and sensory garden and surrounding green space,” he said. “Residents are encouraged to become members of the community garden and to plant their own vegetables, herbs and citrus trees. “In time, and with the excellent management of the centre and the greater community, the green space could lend itself to more garden beds with plenty of room for expansion.”The community garden was established in 2011 and has been a popular hub within the community with residents playing an integral role in it ...

Member urges locals to apply for appliance rebate

20 Feb 2018

Queenslanders can jump online and apply for rebates of up to $300 on energy efficient appliances to save on their electricity bills.Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said first rebates should be flowing back into the first applicants’ bank accounts by the end of February.“Northsiders who have already bought new energy efficient fridges, air-conditioners and washing machines since 1 January, and have registered for the rebate already, will have 30 days from tomorrow to get those applications in,” he said. “If you haven’t bought one already, I’d encourage householders to consider buying appliances with at least a four-star energy rating.“It’s is one of the best ways to save on your electricity bill, and that’s why this rebate is part of our $2 billion Affordable Energy Plan – to help make locals’ power bills more affordable.”The rebates apply to new, eligible four-star or higher appliances purchased from 1 January, 2018: $200 for washing machines; $250 for fridges and $300 for ai ...

Public transport concessions for veterans

13 Feb 2018

About 19,000 veterans can now access cheaper public transport in Queensland thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s introduction of a white card concession scheme.Under the scheme, white card holders will receive a 50 per cent discount on public transport fares across the state, bringing them into line with concessions for current DVA gold card (All Conditions) holders.Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said the introduction of white card concessions were in addition to more than 35,000 existing veterans who currently hold gold cards and can access public transport discounts across Queensland. Most Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) white card holders, who may not currently receive transport concessions, are under 64 years old and have sustained an injury or a condition from their service.“This is an opportunity to acknowledge the service of our veterans by extending travel concessions to those who may not currently receive them,” he said.“This is also an election promise made b ...

Skilling Queenslanders for Work opens for funding applications

10 Feb 2018

The Palaszczuk Government’s successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative will open the latest round on Monday February 5.Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said this initiative is a great way for organisations to deliver programs to assist people looking for the right opportunity. “Skilling Queenslanders for Work is producing fantastic results around the state and we are honouring our election commitment to boost its budget to $80 million in 2018–19 and extending the initiative to 2020–21 with a further $160 million,” Mr Hinchliffe said.“Our investment in programs like this is a great example of the Palaszczuk Government’s focus on jobs, with more than 13,000 Queenslanders getting into work because of Skilling Queenslanders for Work”. I encourage any interested organisations to head to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work portal at to find out how you can be a part of this outstanding initiative,” Mr Hinchliffe said.Community-based, not-for-profit ...

Northside community organisations encouraged to apply for multicultural project grant

08 Feb 2018

Community groups and other organisations across the Sandgate electorate can now apply for a share of up to $300,000 in multicultural project grants.Member for Sandgate and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Stirling Hinchliffe is encouraging eligible not-for-profits to apply for a multicultural project grant under the second round of the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants programme. “As the Member for Sandgate and Queensland’s Minister for Multicultural Affairs, I am pleased to announce applications are now open for local organisations to apply for funding”, Mr Hinchliffe said. “These grants give local organisations across the Sandgate electorate the chance to get out there and develop projects which benefit our local community.“Last year’s round saw the Bhutanese Nepali Association of Queensland receive $3,000 for their planned Bhutanese Multicultural Day at the Sandgate PCYC and Singh Sabha Brisbane receive $3,000 to go towards their increasingly popular Vaisakhi Day celebr ...

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 –