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Government plans to tackle Queensland teacher shortage

The Queensland Teachers Union is backing the State Government’s comments to get more specialists teachers in schools on the Gold Coast.

Figures from the Union show around a third of teachers have been forced to teach outside of their specialists areas.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says her government is trying to entice more people into the profession.

“This is a great opportunity for government, and the Education Minister, to run a very strong campaign about recruiting people who are currently out in the workforce and get them into the classrooms,” she said.

For a person to move from outside of the industry into teaching they must have previous qualifications and complete two-year long post graduate degree.

Queensland Teachers Union President Kevin Bates told MyGC the worst of the shortage is in maths and science departments.

“That’s been an ongoing challenge for a number of decades and it remains incredibly difficult to find teachers in the specialist maths and science subjects,” he said.

Mr Bates the lack of teachers could be linked to how the community views our teachers.

“There’s been negative messages widely spread about teaching as a professions,” he said.

“I think we need to refocus on delivering respect to the profession both in terms of pay and working conditions.”

The lack of specialist teachers isn’t just a Gold Coast issue, with schools around the State feeling the pinch.

The Opposition agree that it’s not acceptable to have a lack of specialist teachers in our school.

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Unemployment rates drop

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the national unemployment rate has slightly dropped.

The unemployment rate has gone from 5.4 per cent to 5.3 per cent, despite the loss of four thousand jobs in July.

In Queensland the unemployment rate is up from 6 per cent to 6.1 per cent.

There’s been a strong climb in the full-time employment nationally, increasing by 19 thousand jobs, this has been offset by the loss of 23 thousand jobs in part-time employment.

Australia’s strong labour market provided a slight uplift in wages in the industry.

Economists predict this bump won’t translate to wage growth across the private sector and other industrial industries.

They also predict that continued job creation will help alleviate some of the soaring prices in Australia’s housing market.

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All on board for the Gold Coast’s second casino

The voices calling for a second casino on the Gold Coast are getting louder, with the Mayor, State Government and Opposition welcoming international heavy hitters to bid for the license.

The State Government is taking global expressions of interest, after already meeting with juggernauts Caesars Entertainment and Hard Rock.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones told MyGC the Government need to know if Gold Coasters want a second casino.

“What we have said is that we’ll work with the Gold Coast community to see if there is an interest in having another casino, or a brand new global tourism hub,” she said.

“What we are seeing is that major international players are saying they’d love to invest in the Gold Coast.”

The Broadwater MP, and shadow Tourism Minister, David Crisafulli says the Liberal National Party are open to the idea of another casino as long is there is not an increase in poker machine licenses.

“The community’s been very strong about the Gold Coast not turning into slot machine central,” hes said.

Earlier this month the Palaszczuk confirmed they would not be granting anymore licenses on the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has had one of the strongest voices pushing for a second casino and says it’s fantastic news the State Government is looking at international businesses.

“It’s a welcome note, it’s going to create an additional money to our economy, increase our tourism offering,” he said.

It is going to continue to put us on the tourism world map.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Gold Coast close to nabbing multi-million dollar international event

The Gold Coast is close to snaring an international multi-million dollar conference, one that is expected to bring thousands of cashed up tourists who’ll inject tens of millions into the economy.

MyGC can reveal Destination Gold Coast is in the final stages of a bid for Sun Hope’s multi-million dollar event to come to the Coast in 2020.

Mayor Tom Tate has just concluded a keynote presentation in Beijing, where he acted as spokesperson for Destination Gold Coast.

Sun Hope is a multi-million dollar company which rewards thousands of their best employees with a trip to an exotic location, with Australia tipped to be the destination for 2020’s program.

The other locations in Australia cannot be revealed due to commercial reasons, but the Coast’s major competition is understood to be capital cities down south.

Mayor Tom Tate told MyGC there would be more than 5000 delegates injecting almost $16 million into the local economy.

“They’d spend five days in our city, these people are successful, they’re going to go out and shop and of course, enjoy the conference,” he said.

Snaring Sun Hope’s conference would be a major boost for Gold Coast’s credibility as a destination for major international events.

Executive Director for Corporate Affairs and Strategy at Destination Gold Coast Dean Gould said the success of this year’s Infinitus program shows we’re equipped to deal with these huge international events.

“The Infinitus group, which is another large Chinese company, brought more than 5000 delegates to the Gold Coast which pumped about $20 million dollars directly into the economy and about $40 million indirectly,” he told MyGC.

“When you get these large numbers over here in a short period of time they really want to experience everything, they go to shops, resturants, bars, everywhere.”

“Winning the bid for 2020’s conference would be very beneficial to the economy of the Gold Coast.”

Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the Palaszczuk Government is committed to working with the Mayor to “publicise the Gold Coast as one of the fastest growing Tourism markets in the world”.

After the success of the Commonwealth Games, Shadow Tourism Minister and Broadwater MP David Crisafulli says the Coast shouldn’t play second fiddle to the capital cities.

“We should be the destination of choice (for conferences and events) we have a superior lifestyle we have superior weather, I want us to be at the top of the list in attracting events and conventions,” he said.

Sun Hope will announce the destination for 2020’s conference by the end of this year.

Gold Coast Council to release full Bruce Bishop sale report

The Gold Coast City Council has confirmed they will release the report detailing the $48 million dollar sale of the Bruce Bishop carpark.

The Mayor said he’d like to release the report “as soon as possible” and hopes it will be released today or tomorrow.

The timing is in the hands of Council CEO Dale Dickson.

Cr Tate has accused people of “twisting the truth” about the sale of the transit centre.

He added the sale for $48 million is a good deal that benefits the Council in years to come.

“Another 740 car spaces will be given back to the city, as well as subleasing, and all the other leases stay in place,” he said.

“When you add other liability to your property it changes the price, the best price we could get is the $48 million as it’s maintained as a car park.”

“Anyone who says it’s worth $100 million should bring that valuation to the table, are they comparing apples for apples?

“I bet you they aren’t.”