How are the savings from the elimination of carbon tax best spent?
Premier of Queensland
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With the carbon tax gone we now have more money to improve transport services for families. We are now asking for feedback from all Queenslanders on how best to spend the savings, which are about $30 million a year.
Would passengers like to see cheaper fares, a five per cent reduction? Or more public transport services?
If people choose a reduction in fares, a passenger travelling from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast each week day could save $320 a year.
The other option could see approximately 1000 more public transport services allocated across Queensland per week.
We have already improved affordability, frequency and the reliability of the network from where it was two and half years ago and whatever the community chooses now would be another win for public transport.
An online survey opens closes at midnight Sunday, 14 September via the TransLink website or call on 13 12 30.
Show how big your heart is this September
This month I was pleased to kick start the Heart Foundation’s annual Big Heart Appeal with a $50,000 donation from the Queensland Government.
Every 26 minutes someone dies from heart disease and it remains our single biggest killer, so it is really important that we get behind the campaign this month.
The Heart Foundation is currently funding 18 heart researchers in Queensland universities and I would encourage you to support their work by making a donation.
From 15 to 28 September, over 28,000 Queenslanders will be volunteering to doorknock for the Big Heart Appeal — an incredible effort, and I congratulate them in advance for their commitment to this worthy cause.
You could also get behind the campaign by hosting a Big Heart Brunch over September.
Whatever you do I am sure it will go a long way to stopping the heartache that heart disease brings. For more information visit bigheartappeal.org.