Your Voice. Your Noosa.

As an Independent Member of the Queensland Parliament, I am honoured to represent the wonderful diversity that is Noosa, not a political party or personal ideology. This is liberating and empowering for the residents of our electorate and provides opportunity to create a future that you have envisioned. One that is bold in researching ideas and trialling new ways to address our challenges, through the development of partnerships and a focus on what unites. One that encourages open discussion and respectful debate which concentrates on common ground and what can be achieved. One that considers all viewpoints and perspectives, with objective research and a passion for people, that puts Noosa first.

I am your voice. It is your Noosa.

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Sandy Bolton MP
SANDY'S WEEKLY WRAP UP – 27 JANUARY 2023Evening all! Pheww is it hot and sweaty or is it just me? 😊 Grab a coldy as a long one tonight!🎖NOOSANS HONOURED – congratulations 👏👏👏to all Queenslanders that were honoured yesterday, especially to our very own 💖 for their awesome dedication to community! 👉Scott Williams of Noosa Heads for distinguished service to business, tertiary education and through philanthropic contributions. 👉Wendy Cutting of Noosaville for service to the tourism and hospitality industry. 👉Professor Emeritus Henley for significant service to education administration and to science. 👉The late Stephen Greggs, formerly of Sunshine Beach for significant service to the Queensland tourism industry in leadership roles.👉Dr. Susie O’Neil for her work setting up the KIDS Foundation that for over 30 years has helped create better lives for kids suffering from a serious injury and trauma.🌱SEEDS FOR CHANGE One of our minor grants had been to the noosaworldsurfingreserve for producing education videos 📽 to help increase safety and good behaviour in the surf! Let’s share, respect and preserve the Noosa experience for generations to come! 💛Please view and share their first of many videos at www.bit.ly/3kF7oUl🏄‍♂️ and keep an eye on our Facebook page as this year’s Noosa MP grants open shortly, with more information at www.sandybolton.com/mp-funding-partnerships.📅REMINDER - MP SURVEY CLOSING MONDAY 30 JANUARY Have you had you say yet on a number of issues including Teewah visitor numbers, youth crime? If not head to www.sandybolton.com/your-say-annual-survey. The summary will be posted mid-February at the same link 🔗💧HAVE YOUR SAY ON BURGESS CREEK – Unity Water has invited the public to have their say on how the catchment 🚰 will be managed for the next 30 years. Further information at communityhub.unitywater.com/water-matters?trk=public_post_main-feed-card_feed-article-content 💰FAIRPLAY VOUCHERS – round 8 is now open for eligible families to receive up to $150 in vouchers to assist with 🏏sporting related costs for kids aged between 5 and 17. The cut off date for applications is 29 March with more information at www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/fairplay/apply 🧒KINDY SAVINGS – caregivers can now go to bit.ly/3G24emA to see if they can be eligible for any subsidies for sessional kindy or long day care.🥇QLD GREAT AWARDS – A reminder that nominations are still open until 17 February so if you know someone who needs to be recognised and honoured for making significant contributions to their community! Nominate at www.qld.gov.au/about/events-awards-honours/awards/qld-greats-awards. 💜NATIONAL RECONCILIATION AWARDS - Nominations for 2023 are now open until 3 February and can be submitted across five categories —business, community, education, health and wellbeing, and partnership with a total of 💰 $30,000 is on offer across all categories. Further information can be found at www.qld.gov.au/about/events-awards-honours/awards/reconciliation-awards 👮‍♂️SCHOOL ZONE SPEED CAMERAS – were switched on for the first time this week across Queensland. We all have a responsibility to keep children 🧒, families 👨‍👩‍👦, teachers 👩‍🏫 and other members of the public safe. Information on potential penalties and school zones can be found at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/safety/road-safety/speed-camera-signs-pilot-in-school-zones-and-roadworks.🐝 BEEKEEPER INDUSTRY – applications can now be done for permits to move European honeybees and other related materials into Queensland from the NSW General Emergency Zone (GEZ) after this zone was declared free of varroa mites. Applications can lodged at www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/biosecurity/policy-legislation-regulation/biosecurity-inst... RECENT NOOSA 360 UPDATES: (www.sandybolton.com/noosa360)📌NORTH COAST RAIL SERVICES (INCLUDING COOROY-GYMPIE NORTH) UPDATE JANUARY 2023📌YOUTH CRIME/RECIDIVISM JANUARY 2023📌MARINE RESCUE QUEENSLAND JANUARY 2023GRANT TOOL REMINDERS:📌QLD Government: www.grants.services.qld.gov.au📌Federal Government: www.grants.gov.au📌Noosa Council: www.noosa.qld.gov.au/community/grants/council-grants📌Regional Development Australia: www.rdasunshinecoast.org.au/grants-and-fundingMP ANNUAL COMMUNITY SURVEY:📌Closing Monday 30 January! www.sandybolton.com/your-say-annual-surveyTo finish. After a full-on week of committee public hearings, meetings and endless prepping on a number of Bills, it was fantastic to welcome 72 new Noosans 👩‍👩‍👧👩🏾‍🤝‍👩🏾👩🏽‍🤝‍👩🏼 at the Citizenship Ceremony on Australia Day (posted last night), followed by a walk along Gympie Terrace chatting to locals celebrating! There was no division or angst, just beautiful families, pooches, smells and sights with some suggestions to move celebrations of being an Aussie to the last Friday in January or any month each year to remove any stigma associated with dates. Sounds perfectly reasonable as who wouldn’t welcome another long weekend in our calendar, which would also avoid the difficulties experienced by parents, businesses and others when a public holiday hits mid-week? Our aim in all that we do should be to unite, not divide, and look to ways for this to flourish! 🙏Have a wonderful weekend everyone, and always remember, be the change you seek 💗💗Sandy ... See MoreSee Less
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Sandy Bolton MP
WELCOME AUSSIES – OI OI OI!! 😍🧡 Another heartwarming Citizenship Ceremony where 72 Noosans became official! How I wish I could bottle the energy, excitement and pure joy of attendees, to remind us that we live in the most magic of homes, in the luckiest of countries.😍 I shared sentiments from Australian Hero of the Year, Amar Singh, including to be proud of what is in our lunchbox, and to be kind and respectful as we journey together 💖 Thank you to the Noosa Council team on another brilliant event, MC Ian for always the best bush poetry, Amanda and Dave aka Jazz Strings, Mayor Clare Stewart Noosa Mayor, Councillors Amelia Lorentson, Karen Finzel Councillor for Noosa Shire and Frank Wilkie, Noosa Shire Councillor, and all made this morning so special including Mette Sorensen, Karin Lerch and the whole Oz Bayldon family 💛#weareonewearemany #OneMob 👨‍👨‍👧‍👧👩🏾‍🤝‍👩🏼👩🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏾💜 ... See MoreSee Less
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Sandy Bolton MP
MP END OF WEEK UPDATE 20 JANUARY 2023Yes, it is late, however thrilled to be back on home soil after a day of flight cancellations/not cancelled/yes cancelled/maybe cancelled? 😂Methinks our airline had a hack issue which caused all of us booked on flights to be VERY confused!! 🤔⚖YOUTH OFFENDERS - My Noosa Today column published today on youth crime and recidivism, shares insights from previous LAS public hearings in Townsville, Mt Isa and Gold Coast that may have not been considered by government in working out how to keep communities safer. Whist we await the introduction of a bill outlining details of proposed changes to see an end to the trauma being inflicted, the only information available is what was released by the Premier on 29 December which you can read at www.statements.qld.gov.au/statements/96885. We will know more when the bill is formally introduced into Parliament, and will update you then.🐢TURTLE SEASON – Please stay vigilant and watch out for these little guys as they make their way from the dunes ⛱ to the ocean 🌊 during February, with a reminder not to interfere with their journey!! As well, there is a Clean Up for the Hatchlings event happening on 6am 4 February at Peregian Beach. Registration can be done at www.eventbrite.com.au/e/clean-up-for-hatchlings-peregian-beach-tickets-516374208157 where you can find further information. We await an imminent announcement of proposed changes to Cooloola Area management to see whether our advocacy for better turtle protections along Teewah Beach have been addressed, until then, please also remain watchful when driving along the beach. 💰COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUND – the annual super round is now open for not-for-profits to lodge their applications 💸. These grants can be utilised to purchase items such as vehicles 🚚 and sporting equipment 🏈, be used for building upgrades, specialised training and more. Last round, community groups in the Noosa State Electorate received more than $180,000 from this program. Applications can be made at www.justice.qld.gov.au/initiatives/community-grants and this round will be closing on 28 February. 👩‍🏫FEE-FREE TAFE – recent school leavers looking to upskill 🔨, or study may want to consider enrolling in one of the 37,0000 free Tafe places available this year. Check out course availability at www.tafeqld.edu.au🔋QLD’S ENERGY FUTURE – the Queensland government has released a discussion paper 📄 for feedback 💬 on new battery storage options and how to improve the network. Submissions will contribute to the development of a QLD Battery Industry Strategy 🤔. More information can be found at www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/industry/powering-queenslands-battery-industry 🌱 COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY ACTION GRANTS – grant applications of up to $50,000 💸 are now open until 16 February for innovative solutions that aim to address the many environmental issues facing Queensland to help encourage community involvement and to protect our natural spaces 🏞 and our wildlife 🐨. Further information can be found at www.qld.gov.au/environment/management/funding/community-sustainability🚆QLD RAIL TRACK CLOSURES – There is number of track closures at different times in February with time tabled buses 🚌 being utilised as replacements. You can find the closure times 🕒 and dates for February at www.bit.ly/3CW5CVb to assist with planning your trips.NOOSA 360 UPDATES: (www.sandybolton.com/noosa360)🏞Noosa 360 has updates on many local state issues and a great place to start if you’re looking for more information, whether regarding Cooloola Recreation Area, Noosa River, State roads or any other State Government matters. GRANT TOOL REMINDERS:📌QLD Government: www.grants.services.qld.gov.au📌Federal Government: www.grants.gov.au📌Noosa Council: www.noosa.qld.gov.au/community/grants/council-grants📌Regional Development Australia: www.rdasunshinecoast.org.au/grants-and-fundingMP ANNUAL COMMUNITY SURVEY:📌REMINDER! Closes January 30 5pm. www.sandybolton.com/your-say-annual-surveyTo finish. Best wishes to all of our students and teachers returning to school this week! How nice for our little preppies dressing in their uniforms for the first time…absolutely gorgeous and brings back so many memories!2023 is now well under way, and as my 'roadie' is now relegated to the ‘memory’ category, I wanted to share a final shot! This just 1 of 32 repurposed/recycled creations as part of a Farmgate Art Trail. Must admit in the middle of nowhere, it was certainly an eyecatcher!!Have a wonderful weekend everyone 😍And yes, I have more pic spamming to go up on my personal page over the weekend, so avoid that space!!😁😂😂Sandy 🙏 ... See MoreSee Less
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Sandy Bolton MP
MP END OF WEEK UPDATE 13 JANUARY 2023A quick one from the road, and a couple of shots of the views I had during my Legal Affairs and Safety Committee meeting yesterday. Definitely stunning, though icy enough for me to chicken out on a swim!! 😊📅MP ANNUAL COMMUNITY SURVEY – Has a range of vital issues that we need your input on including visitor numbers 🏖, youth crime, healthcare and more, with space for any of your concerns that may not have been listed at the time of writing. We have extended the closing date to 30 January 5pm with the results to be posted mid-February. Please grab a cuppa ☕ and head to www.sandybolton.com/your-say-annual-survey or call us on 53193100 for any assistance or a paper copy.🥇QLD GREAT AWARDS – As previously posted, nominations are still open until 17 February so if you know someone who needs to be recognised and honoured for making significant contributions to their community , 🙏 please make a nomination at www.qld.gov.au/about/events-awards-honours/awards/qld-greats-awards. 👨‍💼NEW SMALL BUSINESS ADVISORY GROUP - The Queensland Tourism Industry Council is starting an Industry Workforce Advisor program to help small Queensland businesses (up to 19 employees) with their workforce challenges. Places are limited so for more information on the program, please contact QTIC’s Industry Workforce Advisor, Adam on 0431 229 131 or via email at Adam.Stephen@qtic.com.au 🎖QUEENSLAND TRAINING AWARDS - The award nominations are now open until 15 March to recognise outstanding apprentices, trainees, students, teachers or trainers, employers, training providers, community training projects or industry collaborations that demonstrate how training pathways are delivering positive results. You can submit your nomination at desbt.qld.gov.au/training/qta 🎻TOURING QLD FUND – applications are now open for up to $100,000 💸 for tour-ready performing arts, visual arts, schools’ tours, workshops, and events for tour itineraries that include at least three (3) locations within a 12-month period. As well $150,000 💸 per annum for touring an identified circuit of at least five (5) locations multiple times over a 24-month period. Round 1b will close on 27 February. Further information can be found at www.arts.qld.gov.au/aq-funding/aq-touring-queensland-fund 🌱RIVERINE ENIRONMENTAL RECOVERY – Stage 2 has now started for grants to assist recovery efforts, from the early 2022 floods, including bank repair and stabilisation for erosion control 🏞, and native vegetation plantings to restore natural ecosystem functions. Applications can be lodged at des.smartygrants.com.au./DRFAR2 and will close 24 February.💜NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK - $100,000 grants are now available to support reconciliation events being held. National Reconciliation Week is held each year from 27 May to 3 June and commemorates two milestones in Australian’s reconciliation journey—the successful 1967 referendum and the 1992 High Court Mabo decision. Further information can be found at www.qld.gov.au/firstnations/grants-funding/celebrating-reconciliation. The closing date for applications is 16 January.💦NOOSA RIVER CONSULTATION CLOSES FRI JANUARY 20– Reminder that you can still provide feedback on the future of Noosa River management. This is not just another survey as some have inferred, it is an important opportunity to tell the QLD Government directly what you expect as comments on social media posts 🗨 will not have the impact that participating in this consultation will have. 👉Further Information can be found at www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au/gi/consultation/10554/view.html 👉The survey can be completed at www.bit.ly/3W4bT8E 👉Feedback can be emailed directly to MSQ via consultation@msq.qld.gov.au 💬HAVE YOUR SAY – Public submissions for the following Inquiries are now open. 👉State Development and Regional Industries Committee – Local Government Electoral and Other Legislation (Expenditure Caps) Amendment Bill closing on 20 January 2023 www.bit.ly/3HdQV30. 👉Community Support and Services Committee – Police Powers and Responsibilities (Jack's Law) Amendment Bill closing 20 January 2023 www.bit.ly/3Bdz0Wg 👉Don’t forget you can subscribe parliament committees to hear firsthand when submissions open for new bill inquiries and receive other updates by subscribing at www.parliament.qld.gov.au/Visit-and-learn/Have-Your-Say/Subscribe RECENT 360 UPDATES: (www.sandybolton.com/noosa360/) 📌NOOSA HINTERLAND STATE ROADS INCLUDING KIN KIN RD, LOUIS BAZZO DRIVE and KIN KIN BRIDGE #3 JANUARY 2023 GRANT TOOL REMINDERS: 📌QLD Government: www.grants.services.qld.gov.au 📌Federal Government: www.grants.gov.au 📌Noosa Council: www.noosa.qld.gov.au/community/grants/council-grants 📌Regional Development Australia: www.rdasunshinecoast.org.au/grants-and-funding MP ANNUAL COMMUNITY SURVEY: 📌Have your say on our priorities for 2023! www.sandybolton.com/your-say-annual-surveyTo finish. Always I am surprised how many Noosans spend time commenting or complaining on Facebook, yet do not participate in consultations that often are hard fought for to get beyond the standard ‘tick and flick’! Surveys, community consultations, submissions to Committees and forums are a vital advocacy tool, and give your representatives, including myself, the data and debate information needed to effect change. So please, when you hear someone complaining about any aspect of our community, whether online or off, ask them if they have contacted the relevant authorities, written to their representatives, or participated in meaning ways to get it sorted, including spending that 5 minutes in our current annual survey as above, which closes on January 30! 😊 Happy weekend everyone, with hugs from WA 🧡 (PS. Avoid my personal page as I will be ‘spamming’ glorious shots shortly!!)Sandy 🙏 ... See MoreSee Less
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SANDY BOLTON MP
Independent Member for Noosa

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28 Eenie Creek Rd,
Noosaville QLD 4566

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