Queensland Parliament passes Mines Streamlining Bill

QUEENSLAND Parliament last week passed the Mines Legislation (Streamlining) Amendment Bill 2012, which aims to deliver a modernised and more efficient regulatory framework for the State's resources sector.

Natural Resources and Mines Minister, Andrew Cripps, said that while the Bill streamlines the approval process for resource projects, it does not remove rigorous environmental assessment mechanisms.

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Land use map released for Great Barrier Reef

A GIANT 'snapshot' of the Great Barrier Reef catchments and what every square kilometre of land in the area is being used has been released, providing important information for future planning and development.

Queensland Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts Ros Bates last week said project to map the catchment was part of an Australia-wide program that promotes nationally consistent land use information.

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Queensland Government to fast-track housing development in mining towns

THE Queensland Government last week announced it take "decisive action to end the housing crisis in the state's mining towns, by fast-tracking land releases for housing development and freeing up land held by the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA).

Premier Campbell Newman said there would be no more fiddling around the edges of the problem as Labor had done, adding that "we want real impact and we want it fast."

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Amendments to cut red tape for development applicants now in effect in Queensland

THE Queensland Government last week announced that new amendments that aim to cut red tape and result in substantial time and cost savings for applicants for development approvals have come into effect.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said amendments to the Sustainable Planning Regulation would remove a range of triggers requiring referral of development applications to State agencies.

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Queensland Government transport services to be restructured

THE Queensland Government last week said a restructure of the Department of Transport and Main Roads and TransLink will deliver more efficient infrastructure and more affordable services for all Queenslanders.

Under the restructure, all Queensland Government transport services will be integrated for the first time under the TransLink banner.

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Queensland Parliament passes green-tape reduction laws

QUEENSLAND Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell last week announced that Parliament has passed laws to cut green-tape, calling it one the most significant reforms to licensing processes in over a decade.

The Greentape Reduction Bill aims to save businesses thousands of dollars and contributes to the Queensland Government's target of reducing red tape and regulation by 20 per cent.

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Major tourism development proposal for Great Keppel Island open for comment

A PROPOSAL for one of the biggest tourism developments in Australia is now open for public comment, with Queensland's Coordinator General releasing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed development on Great Keppel Island.

The proposal for a $600 million, low-rise, eco-tourism resort to be constructed over a 12 year period would ultimately include a hotel, marina, villas, apartments, ferry terminal, marina staff accommodation and golf course.

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Queensland Government welcomes Airportlink opening

QUEENSLAND Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney last week welcomed the opening of AirportlinkM7 to Brisbane motorists, calling it another vital piece of Campbell Newman's TransApex plan aimed at relieving traffic congestion in Brisbane.

AirportlinkM7 is a 6.7 kilometre (including 5.7 kilometre tunnel), multi-lane, free-flow toll road that connects to the CLEM7 Tunnel, Inner City Bypass and local road network at Bowen Hills, the northern arterials of Gympie Road and Stafford Road at Kedron, Sandgate Road, and the East West Arterial Road.

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Work underway to develop Central Queensland Regional Plan

MOVES are underway to develop a Statutory Regional Plan for Central Queensland to help resolve land use conflicts, according to the Queensland Government.

Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney last week convened the first meeting of the committee that will guide the preparation of the Central Queensland Regional Plan.

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Queensland Government introduces fixed term leases for public housing tenants

ALL new public housing tenants in Queensland will be required to sign fixed term agreements as part of Queensland Government reforms that aim to tackle the state's social housing crisis.

Housing and Public Works Minister Bruce Flegg last week said all new public housing tenancies from 1 July 2012 would be for fixed periods of three years, as part of the long process of fixing the system.

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Queensland Government launches six month Action Plan

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman last week launched the government's Six Month Action Plan for Queensland, saying it is vital the government continues to share its plans with Queenslanders and set out clear delivery targets.

Speaking at the LNP State Convention last Friday, Mr Newman also said the government was committed to issuing six monthly progress reports on the implementation of the government's action items.

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Queensland Government calls-in $1 billion Jewel development

QUEENSLAND Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Jeff Seeney, last week announced he has decided to call-in the application for the $1 billion Jewel resort development at Surfers Paradise.

Mr Seeney said that before making his decision, he had sought comment from those who had been actively involved in the development application and took their views into account before arriving at the decision to call-in the application.

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Queensland Government establishes 'Projects Queensland' to improve infrastructure outcomes

A NEW standalone unit aimed at fostering investment partnerships that deliver positive infrastructure outcomes has been set up within the Queensland Department of Treasury and Trade, fulfilling a commitment made by the Queensland Government in its 100 Day Action Plan.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls last week said the new body, Projects Queensland, will focus on driving cooperative funding models that maximise private investment and ensure major projects are built on time and to budget.

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