From the Minister

Message from the Attorney-General, Justice Minister and Leader of the House

The Hon Yvette D’Ath MP

 

Keeping Queensland safe: organised crime laws

The outlaw motorcycle gang, Satudarah, was recently declared an ‘identified organisation’ in Queensland as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to combat organised crime.

Satudarah and its participants will now be restricted by laws which curtail their ability to intimidate and recruit. 

Some of these changes impact the hospitality industry – mainly the banning of the visible carrying or wearing of outlaw motorcycle gang ‘colours’ in all public places.

The declaration was made under the Liquor Regulation 2002 and activated the Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Act 2016 laws. 

Please read Mike Sarquis’ message for how this could affect you.

New GCBF Committee

I recently appointed a new committee to provide advice on applications for the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF), which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2019.

The GCBF distributes approximately $54 million per year to not-for-profit community groups to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.
The independent committee, made up of 12 people including Clubs Queensland representative Julie Strudwick, will play a vital role in assessing the suitability of applications in a fair and equitable manner, collectively assisting to best direct funds to maximise community benefit – both in regional and metropolitan areas.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Clubs Queensland for its continued enthusiastic engagement in relation to the purpose and the work of the committee, and we wish Julie all the best in her appointment. 

Last chance for share in $1.25M Commemorative Grant funding 

Not-for-profit community groups have until 31 August to submit their expression of interest (EOI) for a Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) Commemorative Grant. 

This special funding round will see up to $1.25M on offer to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fund. 10 organisations will receive up to $100,000 each and one organisation will receive up to $250,000 for larger scale initiatives that will significantly benefit Queensland communities. 

Eligible community organisations can apply for:
•    major capital works (excluding repairs/refurbishment of existing facilities unless they are of cultural significance)
•    major equipment items
•    wider community events or festivals, and
•    transportation (e.g. cars, boats, buses etc).

EOI forms can be downloaded from our website at: www.justice.qld.gov.au/grants and must be submitted via email to grantapplications@justice.qld.gov.au before midnight on 31 August 2018.