News feed: Action

Energy efficiency – a major win for consumers

 

At the Building Minister’s Forum, held 18 July in Sydney, to discuss a range of issues facing the building and construction sector.

Ministers agreed to the development of enhanced energy efficiency provisions for residential buildings in the National Construction Code, informed by the COAG Energy Council’s trajectory for low energy buildings. The Australian Building Codes Board will shortly release a paper for public consultation on options for implementing these provisions in the NCC.

Read the communique here www.industry.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-07/bmf-communique-18-july-2019.pdf

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Smart Ticketing

COTA Queensland is a member of the Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Accessibility Reference Group. TMR has started the process of replacing the existing go-card system with a new ‘smart ticketing’ solution.

The TransLink Ticketing Project team invited members of the TMR Accessibility Reference Group  to participate in a one-on-one sessions to review and provide feedback on the preliminary designs of one component of the new ticketing infrastructure, i.e., the ticket validators.

Some issues that COTA Queensland emphasised at these … Read the rest

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Your Voice Matters

 

When we create communities with older people at the center, we create liveable communities for everyone. We need to build communities that support people to age well, and the community has to be involved in leading that change. No one knows their community better than the folk who live in it.

Too often we have heard that people feel invisible and they’re not being seen or heard. COTA Queensland staff have been traveling around the state hosting a series of … Read the rest

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Queensland Housing Strategy Action Plan 2017-2020

On Thursday 25 July 2019, the Honourable Mick de Brenni MP, Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport, held a special meeting of the Ministerial Housing Council (the Council) to discuss the evaluation of the Queensland Housing Strategy Action Plan 2017-2020 (Action Plan) and next steps.

Read the communique here
www.hpw.qld.gov.au/aboutus/ReportsPublications/Pages/CommuniquesMinisterMeetings.aspx

COTA Queensland welcomes contact with people with lived experience or expertise to contact us to inform our advocacy on the Queensland Housing … Read the rest

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Human Rights Act Implementation

On 27 February 2019, the Queensland Government passed Queensland’s Human Rights Act. The Government is now proceeding with the implementation of the Human Rights Act.  The Act is expected to commence on 1 January 2020. The Department of Justice and Attorney General has established a Human Rights Unit, which will be primarily responsible for ensuring that government agencies understand their obligations under the Act.

As of July 1, the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland is known as the Queensland Human Rights Commission. … Read the rest

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Have your say on developments in your community

Consultation is currently open to inform proposed new compulsory standards for the design of new residential developments in Queensland. Consultation is open until 1 September 2019.

To find out more and to have your say visit qld.gov.au/healthycommunities.

To view the new model code go to planning.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/planning/better-planning/state-planning 

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Planning for Wellbeing – opportunity for consumers and carers

COTA Queensland is offering consumers and carers with a lived experience of mental illness the opportunity to participate in an action group to improve health outcomes for older people in Brisbane North.

Brisbane North PHN has engaged COTA Queensland to work with people across the Brisbane North region, with an interest and expertise in mental health. A range of stakeholders will be brought together in an action group to progress Planning for Wellbeing — the regional plan for Brisbane North … Read the rest

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Far North & North Queensland Monsoon Trough

Grants of up to $150,000 each are now available to help FNQ & NQ communities recover from the 2019 Monsoon Trough, thanks to a $4.5 million Round One recovery package being jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.

Queensland-based community groups, local councils, non-government organisations, peak & industry groups, research bodies and for-profit organisations within the private sector delivering to the monsoon-impacted local government areas of Burdekin, Burke, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Cook, Douglas, Flinders, McKinlay, Richmond, Townsville, Winton and Read the rest

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Your Voice Matters

 

Be a part of a community conversation to improve the lives of older Queenslanders

 

 

Our population is ageing with more people living longer and healthier lives, so we need to build communities that support people to age well. Simply, when we create communities with older people at the centre, we create liveable communities for everyone.

No one knows their community better than the folk who live it in and too often we have heard that people feel invisible … Read the rest

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Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program 2019–20

 

Applications are now open for innovative age-friendly community projects that will enable people of all ages to actively participate in community life.

Queensland Government’s vision is to build an age-friendly state in which all Queenslanders, regardless of their age, can stay active and connected, and contribute economically, socially and culturally.

Over three years from 2017–18, $1 million per year is available through open funding rounds to seed fund community projects involving partnerships with local government and other organisations to co-develop, … Read the rest

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