PET Scanner: $3.8 M to purchase and install a diagnostic PET Scanner for Far Northern cancer patients to detect cancer in its early stages and monitor treatment, so Cairns patients can receive treatment in Cairns.
Cardiac Heart Catheter Lab: Cardiac Cardiac Catheter Lab increased from 2 days a week to 24/7
Community Care Unit: The Community Care Unit is a new residential facility in Manunda to assist people with their recovery from mental illness. The 20-bed Community care Unit (CCU) is the first of its kind in the Far North. The unit is for clients who are in recovery but require additional support and life skills to successfully transition to independent community living.
20 Navigator Nurse Positions: Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service will receive better care with an extra 20 experienced nurses to be hired.
Synapse Rehabilitation Centre: Having long worked with the Synapse Brain Injury Association to plan and construct a rehabilitation facility for people in Cairns who sustain an ABI, I was delighted to announce a rehabilitation centre for Cairns. Primarily aimed at Indigenous people with an ABI, this facility will provide a pathway and live opportunities for some of our most disadvantaged Queenslanders.
Cairns Special Education Centre: Cairns needs a base for our special education specialists and facilities for students with very high needs. This must be done in an inclusive education environment that fosters socialization and wellbeing. Land has been identified and parents of some of our high needs students are already being consulted. They are looking forward to the same facilities for their children, as are provided in other regional cities of similar size.
New University in Cairns CBD: CQUniversity’s new campus opened in the Cairns CBD. The campus saw a $15 Million direct investment in Cairns and will generate $125 Million economic spin off by 2020.
Housing and Homelessness
Public Housing: A commitment to public or social housing is another promise kept to the people of Cairns. As member for Cairns I saw a number of public housing developments completed, including new modern unit complexes in Woree and Manunda. The total cost will be several million dollars and many families will be housed. This is exactly the sort of thing Queenslanders are right to expect from a Labor Government.
Office of Public Guardian opened in Cairns. The Office of the Public Guardian is an independent statutory body that protects the rights and interests of vulnerable Queenslanders, including adults with impaired capacity to make their own decisions.
Other Infrastructure (including Sport and Rec)
Collins Avenue Bridge: Replacement of ageing structure, to improve flood mitigation of the waterway. The new bridge will result in a two-span concrete bridge capable of supporting the competing needs of a highly trafficked road and an important pedestrian/cyclist route. The new structure will also meet the needs of the heavy transport industry, whilst reducing obstructions within the Saltwater Creek system, resulting in environmental improvements and gains in flood management.
Tinagra Street Boat Ramp: Cairns residents have long lacked the recreational fishing facilities of other cities. I am working to have the Tinagra Street Boat Ramp upgraded. This would provide a safe and accessible way for local boaties to enjoy the recreational boating opportunities of Trinity Inlet and surrounding areas.
The Cape York House saw an upgraded oval and improved facilities in Cairns today. The club has through the government’s Get Playing Plus program for a new undercover court and ancillary facilities, including two change rooms, gymnasium and canteen.
Cairns Netball: The new facility is under construction and will include construction of 16 new hard surface netball courts with lighting, a new clubhouse and car parking with lighting. The new clubhouse will consist of office, meeting, kiosk, function rooms and change rooms.
Cairns Aquarium Project: Construction commenced on the $50 Million Cairns Aquarium project.
Nova Towers: Approval for construction in 2016.
Trinity Inlet: Established a net-free fishing zones for trinity Inlet for the environment and recreational fishers.
Great Barrier Reef:
- Increased funding of $100m over five years for initiatives to protect the Great Barrier Reef
- Appointed for the first time a designated Minister for the Great Barrier Reef
- Established targets to protect the Great Barrier Reef through reducing nitrogen run-off by up to 80% and total suspended sediment run-off by up to 50% in key catchments
- Established an Office of the Great Barrier Reef responsible for overseeing implementation of the Government’s reef management strategies
Rob Pyne posts regular to his Cairns Blog @ http://www.robpyne.com.au/
Spread the word - our farmer's market has been approved to accept Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and our area farmers have agreed to double to value of all benefits. Now everyone in our community has the opportunity to enjoy fresh fruits & vegetables all year!
Remember that there are a lot of benefits to farmer's markets. My family and I are usually there around 10 a.m., so I hope to run into you next Sunday.