Category: Fiji

Police scrap is TAFE?s treasure

In a perfect case of someone else?s trash being another person?s treasure the Queensland Police Service are donating some cars destined for the scrap heap to Gold Coast TAFE. The cars which have been seized through Type 1 or 2 hoon offences are unsuitable for auction and generally are sold for scrap metal. In a new initiative the cars will be donated to Gold Coast TAFE to be used as part of their education and training...

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Funding helps support homeless in the Redlands area

Redlands Women and children who are at risk of homelessness will continue receiving vital accommodation and support services thanks to more than $972,000 in Queensland Government funding. Member for Capalaba Michael Choi said the Maybanke Association Inc will receive the funding over three years to support women and children affected by domestic violence in the area. ?Maybanke Association Inc refers women and children who are at risk of homelessness as a result of domestic violence to the appropriate support services,? Mr Choi said. ?In the past 12 months, they helped 23 clients and 27 children and this funding will enable Maybanke Association Inc to help more women and children in crisis.? Community Services and Housing Minister Karen Struthers said the funding formed part of the Queensland Government?s commitment to providing greater support services for vulnerable people across the State. ?We recently announced an investment of more than $1 billion in the State Budget to help more Queenslanders into homes,? Ms Struthers said. ?I also recently launched ?Opening Doors?, our three-year strategy for reducing homelessness. ?Homelessness is a complex issue which is why community-based services, such as Maybanke Association Inc, are so important. They give people hope and the chance to get their lives back on track.? ?We are doing all we can to turn around the lives of homeless Queenslanders by helping them maintain tenancy and supporting them to...

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Gold Coast Schoolies 2011: Day 4

Last night crowd numbers remained about the same as previous nights in Surfers Paradise with a slight decrease in the number of schoolies arrested. Overnight 23 schoolies were arrested on 32 charges relating mainly to public nuisance and street offences. Of those schoolies arrested, all are male. Police issued 34 liquor infringement notices to schoolies last night. These arrest figures are down compared to the same night last year, in which 30 schoolies were arrested (2010). District Officer for the Gold Coast Superintendent Paul Ziebarth said that overall schoolies have been behaving well. There were 31 people arrested on 39 charges which were not schoolies related and were mainly for public nuisance. There were also 4 liquor infringement notices issued to non...

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School holiday adventure program a top choice

Mums and Dads have got a healthy and popular option to keep their kids busy and entertained over the coming school holidays, thanks to a Bligh Government initiative. Sport Minister Phil Reeves said children between the ages of five and 15 can look forward to exciting holiday adventure programs on the Sunshine Coast during the upcoming Christmas holiday break. ?Six programs will be offered over a two week period at the Currimundi Active Recreation Centre starting 9 January 2012,? Mr Reeves said. ?This is a great opportunity for children to socialise with other kids and participate in fully supervised, instructor-led outdoor activities at a beachside location. ?In previous years, the holiday adventure programs have proven to be highly popular, with activities including beach games, sand sculpting, surfing, pool games, and kite building. ?The cost of attending the programs is less than $50 per day with all meals included and families who enrol more than one child receive a discounted rate. ?The Bligh Government is committed to encouraging more children to get active and our holiday adventure programs are the perfect way to keep kids happy and healthy this summer. “Under our Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland initiative, we want to help Queenslanders become Australia’s healthiest people by reducing obesity levels by one third by 2020. “This is why we continue to provide support for programs, projects and facilities which help...

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Queensland ahead of the game in sex offender name changes

Attorney General Paul Lucas today said Queensland already had strong controls in place when it came to sex offenders who were seeking to change their name. Speaking at today?s Standing Committee on Law and Justice in Launceston, Mr Lucas said Queensland had already met seven out of 10 recommendations contained in a discussion paper. Mr Lucas said Queensland already: ? Ensured Births, Deaths and Marriages promptly shared information with Queensland Police and other law enforcement agencies about name changes ? Made it compulsory for people convicted of serious sex offences or child sex offences to seek the permission of relevant authority such as the Police Commissioner or Corrective Services Commissioner before changing their name ? Used the national Proof of Identity framework to underpin BDM practices ? Only allows for change of name applications to be processed if the person?s birth or adoption was registered in Queensland or they were born outside Australia but ordinarily reside in Queensland ? Allow overseas applicants to apply for a change of name only after they have lived in Queensland for 12 months ? Records all change of information on the original birth record on the BDM register and request the return of old birth certificates ? Only allows a person to change their name once in a 12 month period Mr Lucas said he had instructed the Department to investigate three further...

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