Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk

A big thank you is due for the amazing work you have been doing to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Because of all your wonderful efforts we have smashed the curve and because of that, we’re seeing restrictions eased even further and more of our great local cafes, pubs, clubs, restaurants and shops reopen again in a safe and measured way. Thank you also for continuing to practise social distancing and keeping up good hygiene and staying home when sick.

Because we’ve done such a great job on our health response, we’re now focussed on our economic recovery, restoring and creating jobs for Queenslanders and getting our economy moving again. My government has just released stage two of our Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan which includes nearly $500 million in initiatives.

One of those is our Small Business COVID-19 Adaption grants to help small businesses. In the first stage of our plan we announced $100 million in grants of up to $10,000 for small businesses affected by the global pandemic. We were overwhelmed by the response and that’s why we’ve just announced we’ve extended with a further $100 million investment. The next round will be available from 1 July to help more small businesses recover. Go here for more information.

Small businesses can also access a free online library of over 400 training courses for small businesses and employees impacted by COVID-19 as part of our plan to Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs. The Queensland Small Business Skills Hub is open now and offers skills and advice to help businesses adapt, connect and develop. Small business owners and operators will also be able to create their own training programs for their employees in areas such as finance, customer service, hospitality, and IT via the Skills Focus Queensland portal. Visit www.qldskills.com.au for more information.

Queensland is now Good To Go so why not make plans and explore some great spots these school holidays? We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and, if you are able, now is the time to get out and experience it. If you’re not quite sure where to go, visit www.queensland.com for plenty of inspiration. So, get in touch with your local travel agent or preferred hotel and begin exploring our beautiful state and help to support jobs and businesses hit hard by COVID-19.

If staying local is more your thing, there’s plenty on offer here in Brisbane too – whether it’s a day out at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, a hike up the new 2.4km Spotted Gum Trail at Mount Coot-tha or a picnic lunch at Southbank. And did you know that you can now take your dog onboard Brisbane’s Ferries? Visit Translink for more information on when and how.

My Government’s Advancing Clean Energy Schools program has seen $97 million allocated to more than 800 Queensland schools to help improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs. Three hundred and three new solar panels have recently been installed at Forest Lake State High School.

Don’t forget the annual Premier’s Reading Challenge is still on, which encourages students in Prep to Year 9 to read as many books as they can before 28 August 2020. To register online and find out more, go here.

As always, if you have questions or need assistance regarding any State Government matter, please contact me at the Inala Electorate Office on 3737 2100. To see my latest ad in The Lake News, click here.