New minister's far north challenge

Published 4:30pm 18 December 2023

New minister's far north challenge
Words by Nick Crockford

Pictured: Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd with Premier Steven Miles after being sworn in to the State Cabinet today.

Nikki Boyd, State Member for Pine Rivers, will hit the ground running after today being appointed as the new Queensland Minister for Fire and Disaster Recovery.

The State Member for Pine Rivers was appointed as Far North Queensland reels from devastating floods which have damaged roads, inundated houses, forced evacuations and left some stranded on roof tops.

Ms Boyd also has the Minister for Corrective Services portfolio in her first Cabinet appointment by new Premier Steven Miles.

She is one of four State Members from the City of Moreton Bay sworn in today as Cabinet Ministers, with two more Assistant Ministers.

“I thank my community for the privilege of being their representative for the last almost nine years and I will continue to faithfully serve them,” she said.

“I love our community it is the best place to live and raise a family.

“As I take on these extra responsibilities, I recommit to working to deliver the infrastructure and frontline services our community needs.”

Steven Miles new-look Queensland Cabinet after being sworn in today.

Yvette D’Ath, State Member for Redcliffe, remains Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.

State Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan is retained as Minister for Police and Community Safety.

Ali King, State Member for Pumicestone, is Assistant Minister for Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works.

Member for Kurwongbah Shane King is Assistant Minister for Clean Energy Jobs.

Premier Miles said easing cost of living, better healthcare and housing and keeping communities safe were top of his agenda.

“With fresh faces come fresh ideas, which is exactly what we need as we charge into a new year,” the Premier said.

“I want to thank new Ministers Nikki, Bart (Mellish), Lance (McCallum), Charis (Mullen) and Michael Healy) for welcoming their new responsibilities.”

Shane King, Member for Kurwongbah, after being appointed Assistant Minister today

Queensland Government Ministry

Steven Miles - Premier

Cameron Dick - Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment

Grace Grace - Minister for State Development and Infrastructure, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing

Shannon Fentiman - Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women

Yvette D’Ath - Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence

Michael De Brenni - Minister for Energy and Clean Economy Jobs

Meaghan Scanlon - Minister for Housing, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Public Works

Mark Ryan - Minister for Police and Community Safety

Leeanne Enoch - Minister for Treaty, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Minister for Communities and Minister for the Arts

Dianne Farmer – Minister for Education and Minister for Youth Justice

Mark Furner - Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities

Glenn Butcher – Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water

Scott Stewart – Minister for Resources and Critical Minerals

Leanne Linard - Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Innovation

Nikki Boyd – Minister for Fire and Disaster Recovery and Minister for Corrective Services

Bart Mellish – Minister for Transport and Main Roads and Minister for Digital Services

Lance McCallum – Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development

Charis Mullen – Minister for Child Safety, Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Michael Healey - Minister for Tourism and Sport

Assistant Ministers

Bruce Saunders - Assistant Minister for Train Manufacturing, Regional Development

Julieanne Gilbert – Assistant Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Industrial Relations and Racing

Brittany Lauga – Assistant Minister for Health and Regional Health Infrastructure

Ali King – Assistant Minister for Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works

Jennifer Howard – Assistant Minister for Treasury, Trade and Investment

Shane King – Assistant Minister for Clean Energy Jobs

Corrine McMillan – Assistant Minister for Education and Youth Justice

James Sullivan - Assistant Minister for Justice and Veterans Affairs

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