Hills Echo September Column

Domestic Violence Roundtable Announced
In Queensland in 2013-14 one hundred and eighty-one incidents of domestic violence were reported every day across the state with many more that went unreported. And in the same year seventeen homicides relating to domestic and family violence occurred in Queensland.

Across Australia, on average, one woman is killed by her partner every week.

On 28 February this year the Palaszczuk Government accepted Dame Quentin Bryce's landmark report into Domestic and Family Violence, Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland.

On Tuesday 17 November from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at the Keperra Baptist Church, 980 Samford Road Keperra I will be hosting a Domestic Violence Roundtable with Minister Shannon Fentiman to discuss tackling domestic and family violence in our community. I will be inviting key stakeholders from our community and I urge members of the public to attend.

There is rightly a great deal of interest and concern about this issue. Stopping the blight of domestic and family violence is everybody’s business and only by working together can we hope to eliminate it.

The Palaszczuk Government is already working in a number of ways to help tackle domestic and family violence, but this roundtable will be a good opportunity to galvanise community support and help develop local solutions on this important issue. It is my hope that we can bring together a broad group of key stakeholders and community members to address this largely hidden problem.

Free Community Legal Information Session
The Caxton Legal Centre will be holding a Retirement Living Options free community information session from 1:00pm to 3:00pm Wednesday 21 October at the Arana Hills Library 63 Cobbity Crescent, Arana Hills. Please check www.caxton.org.au/park_village_information.html for more details.

Solar Inquiry Begins
The Queensland Productivity Commission has received the Terms of Reference to commence a public review into a fair price for the cost of solar energy sold back into the electricity grid by homes and small businesses.

The inquiry will investigate the public and private benefits of rooftop solar, including social, economic and environmental benefits. This is the first solar price inquiry in the nation that takes into account these additional impacts. The review’s findings will further support the take up of solar as we push towards one million solar homes by 2020.

The solar review is expected to report in the first half of 2016, and will call for submissions later in the year. The Terms of Reference for the inquiry into a fair price for solar are now available online at www.qpc.qld.gov.au.

Double Demerit Points
A warning to people who are in the habit of texting while driving. Double demerit points for motorists repeatedly caught texting or using their mobile phone while driving came into effect on the first of this month.

This means that drivers caught committing repeat mobile phone offences within a year will lose double demerits, similar to those imposed on repeat offenders who don’t wear a seatbelt or a motorcycle helmet, or who exceed the speed limit by more than 20 km/h.