BRUCE HIGHWAY TO GET SMART WITH ‘INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEM’ INFRASTRUCTURE
The Australian Government has approved funding for a $56 million Intelligent Transport System (ITS) to deliver a safety warning system along the length of the Bruce Highway – giving drivers immediate updates on the status…Read More
Marriage Amendment Bill – speech 2
...I rise to support the amendment put by the member for Deakin. To me, it addresses a deficiency in the bill where there's an embedded assumption that religious beliefs are more important than conscientious beliefs.…Read More
Member Statement – Sam Dastyari
...Any senior official who undermines the interests of the nation that they represent is not worthy of office, and the Leader of the Opposition should have the courage to remove the senator from this parliament...'Read More
BIG GROWTH IN INTERNATIONAL TOURIST NUMBERS ON THE SUNSHINE COAST
International tourists are flocking to the Sunshine Coast in ever greater numbers in an important boost for the region. Visitor numbers increased 8% in the year to September over the 2016 figure. Federal Member for…Read More
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DELIVERS LEG-UP FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS AND DOWNSIZERS
In early December, the Parliament passed key elements of the Federal Government’s housing affordability plan, giving first home buyers a tax cut by allowing them to save for a deposit inside superannuation through the First Home Super…Read More
Marriage Amendment (Definition & Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017
...Changing the definition of marriage is more than a legal issue; it's a social issue—a social issue that holds great cultural significance. This is why I have been, from the get-go, so supportive of a…Read More
OLDER PERSONS ADVOCACY NETWORK: A STRONG VOICE FOR FAIRFAX SENIORS IN NEED
Ted O’Brien MP says a new, free support network is now available to stand up for the rights older people in need in Fairfax. “The Turnbull Government understands that, from time to time, older people,…Read More
Noosa Stronger Communities Programme grants announced!
Nature lovers will create new walking trails at Verrierdale as more people seek outdoor adventure on the Sunshine Coast. The Yandina Creek Progress Association has received an early Christmas present from the Federal Government's Stronger…Read More
Sunshine Valley Stronger Communities Programme grants announced!
Indigenous culture and history will be passed on to school students through a new hinterland outdoor education facility. Mapleton’s Queensland Conference and Camping Centre (QCCC) is one of five community groups in the Sunshine Valley…Read More
Buderim Stronger Communities Programme grants announced!
Muddy paws will no longer be a problem at dog obedience classes with a new concrete floor for Buderim’s busy training facility. The Sunshine Coast Dog Obedience Club is one of four Buderim community groups…Read More
Mary Valley STRONGER COMMUNITIES PROGRAMME GRANTS ANNOUNCED!
New signage to cater to the Kenilworth Showground’s increasing popularity with tourists will be installed thanks to a federal grant. The Kenilworth Hall, Show and Recreation Grounds Association is one of two Mary Valley groups…Read More
NAMBOUR STRONGER COMMUNITIES PROGRAMME GRANTS ANNOUNCED!
A plan to build a community kitchen to encourage healthy cooking and eating will go ahead in Nambour with the help of a Federal Government grant. Coast2Bay Housing Group – the largest provider of community…Read More
Maroochydore STRONGER COMMUNITIES PROGRAMME GRANTS ANNOUNCED!
A popular Maroochydore rowing club will have new storage for its boats with the help of a Federal Government grant. The Sunshine Coast Rowing Club is one of four community groups in Maroochydore to receive…Read More
COOLUM STRONGER COMMUNITIES PROGRAMME GRANTS ANNOUNCED!
A popular Coolum kindy will soon have a new climbing fort with the help of a Federal Government community grant. C&K Coolum Childcare Centre is one of five groups in the Coolum and North Shore…Read More
NATIONAL ENFORCEMENT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ORDERS TO BETTER PROTECT VICTIMS
I am very happy to see this change to the system in support of domestic violence laws across the country. Here is the full media release from Sen Michaelia Cash, Minister for Women: From today (25…Read More
Local Fairfax businesses can share in the multi-billion dollar Government ICT spend
Smaller tech companies in Fairfax will benefit from changes to the Commonwealth’s ICT (Information and Communications Technology) procurement rules. Ted O’Brien MP welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to target a greater share of its multi-billion…Read More
Christmas Carol events in Fairfax!
What a fabulous way to celebrate the Christmas spirit - check out these fabulous Christmas carols around Fairfax! Friday 1 December - Bli Bli Community Carols Saturday 9 December - Christmas at Cotton Tree; Nambour Community Carols…Read More
Support Burnside State High School’s STEMM Program at the annual Nambour Cup!
It’s on again. As Christmas approaches, so too does the Nambour Cup – known in many circles as the greatest (cane toad) race in the southern hemisphere. What's the Nambour Cup? See here for all the…Read More
Veterans’ Employment Awards now open
Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien MP has encouraged local businesses to nominate for a new national awards program recognising veterans and their employers. Mr O’Brien said the inaugural Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards would celebrate…Read More
Agribusiness on the Sunshine Coast
We are proud foodies on the Sunshine Coast, not just with eating and cooking but also growing. Many specialist and niche farms are popping up across the Sunshine Valley area and proving that agriculture is…Read More
Child care relief around corner for Fairfax families
Over 6,300 families in Fairfax will be better off from the Federal Government’s child care overhaul. Ted O’Brien MP said the new child care package will provide the greatest hours of support to the families…Read More
30 Second Survey – Jobs and the economy
Ted believes in listening to his constituents to better represent them in Canberra. Please take a moment to let him know what concerns you the most. Click here to take his 30 Second Survey on…Read More
Remembrance Day 2017
I encouraged the local communities across Fairfax to pause today to reflect on the Australians who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our nation. Today is Remembrance Day that marks the signing of the Armistice…Read More
FAIRFAX OPPORTUNITIES IN THE WORKFORCE BEHIND THE DEFENCE FORCE
Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien MP welcomes the The Workforce Behind the Defence Force information campaign. The campaign highlights the need for a skilled, experienced and effective workforce to make possible the Government’s historic investment…Read More
Armistice Centenary Grants open on Remembrance Day
With one of the largest Veterans populations in the country, Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien is proud to announce the Federal Government will provide $50,000 in grant funding for local commemorations marking the Centenary of…Read More
Work begins on the new Buderim Men’s Shed
Works have begun on a new Buderim Men’s Shed on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Men’s Sheds promote positive health and wellbeing within the community Nearly 30 jobs created during construction. Men on the Sunshine Coast will…Read More
What’s happening along the banks of the Mary River in Kenilworth?
Thank you to the young volunteers who have been out this month planting grasses to halt erosion along the banks of the Mary River at Kenilworth. Their work is part of the federal government's Green…Read More
Is your organisation eligible for a Building Better Regions Fund grant?
Applications now open for funding under the Building Better Regions Fund Round Two Two streams available: Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments Applications close on 19 December 2017 Federal Member for Fairfax, Ted O'Brien MP has…Read More
Cashless Debit Card Bill
...The operating mechanism of the cashless debit card is simple enough: having 80 per cent of welfare payments to recipients quarantined to be spent in the best interest of welfare recipients and their dependants, and…Read More
Private Members’ Business – Illicit Drugs
...I rise in the chamber today in enthusiastic support of the member for Tangney's motion acknowledging the commitment of the Turnbull government and the hard work of our law enforcement agencies, health workers and support…Read More