It gives me great pleasure to write to you as Premier of Queensland.

During the past several weeks, I have seen first-hand the heartache and damage caused by severe tropical cyclone Marcia which devastated central Queensland on 23 February.

The strength of these communities in getting back on track has been admirable but they can’t do it alone. That’s why the Queensland government is doing all it can to support people living in the affected communities of central Queensland.

Everyone can do their bit by donating to either the Australian Red Cross, The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland or UnitingCare Community who are on the ground, right now, in affected communities.

Thank you

I want to thank every single Queenslander for putting their faith in us to deliver a better way for Queensland. It’s humbling to be given such an important task and when I spoke on the night of the election, I made it clear that my government will listen to all Queenslanders.

I also reassure you that my election commitments to Queensland before the election continue to be my priorities today.

Hear and Say

I was honoured to attend the opening of the Hear and Say Centre in Ashgrove recently along with His Excellency Paul de Jersey, Governor of Queensland and the Member for Ashgrove, Kate Jones.

Full credit must go to Dr Dimity Dornan AO, Hear and Say founder and executive director as well as CEO Chris McCarthy for their vison in creating a centre that will improve the lives of so many young people.

For more than two decades, Hear and Say has made a real difference to the lives of young people and their families.

The opening of this new centre completes the move of Hear and Say from its former Auchenflower base. It also complements five other Hear and Say centres operating in Queensland.

The work of Hear and Say helps deaf children to hear, listen and speak. Families have had their lives transformed thanks to the dedication of staff. Their hard work and dedication means children supported by Hear and Say can attend a mainstream school and have broader career and life opportunities.

It’s truly a remarkable institution that all Queenslanders should be very proud of.

Happy New Year

I wish all Queenslanders a Happy New Year and prosperous 2015. Most recently, our Chinese community throughout Brisbane has been celebrating their traditional New Year as we enter the Year of the Goat.

I wish all families from all cultures a peaceful and joyous time for the rest of 2015.