Stirling Hinchliffe is the Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, and serves as the Member for Sandgate, representing Brisbane’s northern bayside.
Stirling has served in a variety of economic and social portfolios, overseeing the development of affordable housing choices, growth in Queensland’s successful resources sector, a strong regional plan balancing economic growth and protection of our local environment, and delivering employment programs including Skilling Queenslanders for Work. During that time, Stirling delivered fairer public transport fares in South-East Queensland and deregulated the Queensland personalised transport industry to allow for greater competition.
In his current portfolios, Stirling’s work has led to the passage of historic reforms increasing transparency and accountability to Queensland’s system of Local Government. As Minister for Local Government, he is responsible for the highly successful Works for Queensland program delivering much-needed investment and job creation in regional Queensland. In his Racing portfolio, Stirling has delivered the $70 million Country Racing package and in addition, oversaw the increase in prize money across all three racing codes. As Multicultural Affairs Minister, through engagement with business, industry and Local Government, Stirling is at the very forefront of moves to expand the benefits of multiculturalism outside of traditional places of settlement. Stirling is proud to have doubled funding to events and projects celebrating Queensland’s multicultural heritage through the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program.
Prior to his election as the State Member for Sandgate, Stirling worked for a training company and has worked in public and private sector jobs, as well has having run his own small business. Stirling’s interests include history and sport, especially basketball.