A new deal between our national rugby league team and the state government will give our Brisbane Broncos access to unused state land.

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier of Queensland

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I’m very pleased with the new partnership which will allow the Brisbane Broncos team and its leagues club to remain at their traditional Red Hill home and continue supporting the community. The club now has exclusive access to the unused northern part of the Ithaca TAFE campus to build a new sports field and a high-performance training facility.

This commitment provides the land needed to keep the Broncos in Brisbane. The club approached me earlier this year with its plan, which will set it up for the future while creating improved community amenity and opportunities for local sporting, charity and community groups. It is a good plan, and with the northern end of the Ithaca site clearly unused, it was a win-win.

Safety in schools
The Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek and I launched Safety in Schools Week at Newmarket State School. It was a great opportunity to interact with teachers, parents and the students to open up discussions about potential safety hazards in school and at that home.

This is about recognising that children have a great capacity to assess potential risks for themselves when they’ve been made aware of safety issues. It was great to be able to talk to primary school students of all ages about home and farm safety, road safety, water safety, school safety, lifesaving and CPR.

I encourage all Queensland schools, state and non-state to participate and be proactive when it comes to safety discussion. Schools can access resources online.

Next for The Queensland Plan
The Queensland Plan is moving along to the next stage now and I would like to thank the tens of thousands of Queenslanders who provided their thoughts over the submission period. A second summit will be held in Brisbane on 9 to 10 October 2013 where the results of all the engagement from Queenslanders will be compiled. I’m looking forward to sitting down with those delegates from across the state that travelled to Mackay earlier this year for the first summit. This is an exciting and a memorable time for Queenslanders as we continue our journey to compiling and releasing a long-term blueprint for our state.

The Queensland Plan will be released in late 2013 and you can keep up to date with the latest online.

Calling all playwrights
Don’t forget that applications are open for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award. Applications for the award, aimed at discovering and highlighting the best dramatic talent our state has to offer, close on 30 November 2013 with three finalists to be announced in January 2014.

Since it was first awarded in 2002, the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award has seen 21 new plays creatively developed and commissioned, with the winning playwrights continuing to write for the stage and produce new work.

The award is special because it is the only award of its kind in Australia, where the winning play is guaranteed a professional production. The plays don’t have to be set in Queensland but the spirit of the award is about reflecting an aspect of Queensland life, from the past, present or future. These awards are integral to the development of new writing and showcasing Queensland stories.

For more information, guidelines and an entry form visit Queensland Theatre Company’s website or contact the program co-ordinator on 3010 7607.