Youth praised for environment work

COMMUNITY leaders have praised the work of local youth in rehabilitating the environment after Green Army participants planted more than 42,000 trees in Scenic Rim. The sense of accomplishment was strong as 14 youth graduated from the federal government’s Green Army program in a ceremony at Canungra on Thursday. The final two teams of graduates…

UQ Gatton professor nationally recognised

UNIVERSITY of Queensland Gatton Professor Paul Mills has received national recognition for his work in biological sciences and health. The long-time professor in veterinary pharmacology and therapeutics was one of just 18 individuals from across Australia to be selected in the 2016 National Awards for University Teachers. Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz congratulated Professor…

Backpacker tax issue resolved

FARMERS and tourism operators in the electorate of Wright have finally been given certainty on the backpacker tax after the federal government on Monday, November 28 announced a 15 per cent tax rate for working holidaymakers. Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said it was a relief to be able to provide answers for local…

New fund to drive economic growth

REGIONAL and rural communities will be the big winners out of a new federal government fund designed to build local economies. Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said the $297 million Building Better Regions Fund would invest in projects which create jobs, boost local economies and strengthen communities outside the major capital cities. “Locals know…

Volunteer grants open

GRANTS of up to $5000 are up for grabs to help community organisations from across the electorate of Wright support their volunteers. The funding is being provided under a $10 million Volunteer Grant funding round, which is open until December 20. Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz urged local groups to apply. “This is a great opportunity for…