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PIA releases advocacy agenda for 2015 Queensland election

THE incoming Queensland Government should commit to a number of key infrastructure projects, including the proposed Bus and Train tunnel in Brisbane and the extension of the Gold Coast Light Rail, according to the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

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Brisbane CBD

Property Council releases advocacy agenda for Queensland election

A NEW step in the planning scheme approval process that would require local governments to undertake an independent review of their planning schemes is one of six initiatives outlined by the Property Council of Australia in its advocacy agenda for the Queensland election.

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Brisbane River, Brisbane

Brisbane City Council calls for EOIs to build new river infrastructure

BRISBANE City Council has called for Expressions of Interest from the private sector to design, construct and operate a new consolidated public marina and tourist boat terminal in the inner-city, as part of its plan to improve access and activity on and alongside the Brisbane River.

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Cover of LGAQ's 2015 State Election Local Government Policy Plan

Infrastructure funding should be front and centre of election campaign: LGAQ

BETTER funding for local public infrastructure to improve transport links and provide greater protection from natural disasters should be a key election priority for all parties contesting the January 31 state poll, according to the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ).

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Artist's impression of Queen's Wharf

Design concepts released for Brisbane's Queen's Wharf precinct

QUEENSLAND Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney this week revealed the design concepts submitted by two groups competing for the multi-billion dollar Brisbane Queen's Wharf Integrated Resort Development.

"We have a once in a generation opportunity to revitalise this area to create a destination that not only attracts international visitors to our city, but also opens it up for the people of Brisbane to enjoy," Mr Seeney said.

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Artist's impression of proposed Aquis Resort

Queensland Coordinator-General approves EIS for $8.15bn Aquis Resort near Cairns

THE Queensland Government last week said the proposed $8.15 billion Aquis Resort near Cairns has cleared another hurdle, after the state's independent Coordinator-General approved the project's Environmental Impact Statement.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney welcomed the approval and said the State Government remained committed to seeing the development go ahead.

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Car parking

Brisbane Parking Taskforce hands down final report

THE Brisbane Parking Taskforce, established by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to conduct a comprehensive review of on-street parking, this month handed down its final report, with a key recommendation to introduce free short-term parking in the inner city.

Parking Taskforce Chairman, Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner, said the taskforce had made 55 recommendations in its report to improve parking across the city and suburbs.

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Caloundra, Queensland

Taskforce to oversee the revitalisation of Caloundra's CBD

SUNSHINE Coast Council, in conjunction with the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, will establish a taskforce to begin the revitalisation process of Caloundra's Central Business District.

In a statement last week, divisional councillor Tim Dwyer said the council had considered a detailed report from national economic consulting firm, Pracsys, on opportunities to revitalise the commercial heart of Caloundra.

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Brisbane Transit Centre

Brisbane's Transit Centre to be rebuilt as part of BaT tunnel

BRISBANE'S much-maligned Transit Centre is to be demolished and completely rebuilt as part of a huge CBD infrastructure development to meet the city's future transport needs, the Queensland Government announced last week.

The proposed underground Roma Street Station for the Bus and Train (BaT) tunnel will now be constructed beneath the rebuilt Transit Centre – instead of next to Roma Street Parklands.

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Brisbane, Queensland

Queensland's proposed new planning legislation introduced to Parliament

QUEENSLAND Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney last week introduced proposed new planning legislation to Parliament, including the Planning and Development Bill 2014.

Along with the Planning and Development (Consequential) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 and the Planning and Environment Court Bill 2014, which were also released, the proposed legislation will replace the existing Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

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Townsville Port

Queensland Government introduces Ports Bill 2014 to Parliament

THE Queensland Government last week introduced the Ports Bill 2014 to Parliament, which aims to give effect to the government's intent to reform the way ports are planned and developed as outlined in the recently-released Queensland Ports Strategy.

"This Bill delivers on the government's commitment in the Queensland Ports Strategy to drive Queensland's economic growth while protecting and managing the state's outstanding environmental assets," said Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Jeff Seeney, when introducing the proposed legislation.

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Cranes at site of new Children's Hospital

Mixed-use development planned for Royal Children's Hospital site at Herston

THE soon-to-be-vacated Royal Children's Hospital site at Herston is set become a vibrant, mixed-use precinct with the Queensland Government last week announcing the redevelopment of the 4.8 hectare site near Brisbane's CBD.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the State Government was inviting expressions of interest from the private sector to deliver a master planned precinct that capitalised on the site's prime inner-city location, and which complemented the adjacent health and education facilities.

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