Media Releases


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.

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 ...