Queensland

Newly-established Infrastructure Queensland group meets for first time

THE Queensland Government said it has met another key commitment in its 100 Day Action Plan, following the newly-established Infrastructure Queensland group meeting for the first time last week.

In its 100 Day Action Plan, the government pledged to establish Infrastructure Queensland to advise the state government on long-term infrastructure planning, prioritisation and ongoing management and maintenance.

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Queensland Government's Precinct Master Plan receives strong interest

THE building and construction sector has demonstrated its support for plans to renew the Government Administrative Precinct in Brisbane, according to the Queensland Government, with nearly 40 companies submitting a Registration of Interest (ROI).

Housing and Public Works Minister Bruce Flegg said the ROI process, which closed early last week, was used to gauge the level of interest in the market for the construction of a new office building at 1 William Street with up to 60,000 square metres of space.

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Brisbane's Cross River Rail project scaled-back; Government to consider other options

AN EXPERT panel commissioned to review Brisbane's Cross River Rail project has prompted the Queensland Government to propose a scaled-back version of the project and consider other options to improve rail capacity.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the panel, which was appointed in May, provided clear short- and long-term strategies to address the rail capacity issues for the Merivale Bridge and inner city.

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Property Council releases Queensland pre-budget submission

THE Property Council of Australia this week released its 2012-13 pre-budget submission, ahead of the Queensland Government's Budget in September, calling for a complete review of the state's taxation system.

In its submission, the Property Council says the state's tax base must be broadened, adding that for too long, revenue has been generated from a narrow tax base, with the property sector carrying more than its fair share of the burden.

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Reforms unveiled to address Queensland's social housing crisis

QUEENSLAND Housing and Public Works Minister Bruce Flegg last week unveiled major reforms that aim to address Queensland's social housing crisis.

Dr Flegg said the number of applications for social housing had increased as housing and rental costs rose, with 30,000 applications currently on the waiting list.

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Queensland Government promises protection for Great Barrier Reef

THE Queensland Government last week said it will undertake a strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef to ensure coastal development is planned properly and does not compromise environmental standards.

Premier Campbell Newman said the government wanted to strike the right balance between environmental protection and ensuring sustainable development could still occur in coastal areas.

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Queensland's ULDA transfers powers back to local councils

THE Queensland Government last week announced the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) has started transferring planning powers back to 17 local governments.

Premier Campbell Newman said the Urban Land Development Authority, or ULDA Board, will delegate its development assessment functions to councils to enable local governments to make local planning decisions."

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Queensland Government announces plan to cut green tape

QUEENSLAND Environment and Heritage Protection Minister, Andrew Powell, last week announced a plan to cut green tape, as part of the government's mandate to cut regulation and red tape by 20 per cent.

Mr Powell said the amendments he has introduced will provide businesses with certainty to invest and flexibility to allow for growth and follow consultation with industry in the lead up to, and after, the March 2012 election.

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Queensland Government announces master plan to reinvigorate Government Precinct

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman and Housing and Public Works Minister Bruce Flegg last week announced a $2 billion plan to renew the Government Administrative Precinct in Brisbane.

Mr Newman said that as well as reinvigorating the precinct, which stretches from Queen Street to the Botanic Gardens, and from the river's edge to Albert Street, the plan would act as a catalyst to stimulate the construction industry.

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Brisbane Airport Corporation releases 50-year vision for property development

A NEW Property Development Master Plan for Brisbane Airport will focus on creating a vibrant commercial hub from Airport Village to the Domestic Terminal and beyond within the next 10 years, according to Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC).

BAC last week unveiled its 50-year vision for property development within BAC's 2,700 hectares, which identifies development concentrated around five key nodes, as part of a highly connected, 24 hour aviation, trade and commerce hub.

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Australian Government approves Archerfield Airport Master Plan

AUSTRALIAN Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese last week approved Archerfield Airport's 2011-2031 Master Plan, which sets out the Airport's strategic direction and intended uses over the next two decades.

In his approval, Mr Albanese said he has insisted that the operators take further steps to improve their relationship with nearby communities, including better engagement with the Community Aviation Consultation Group on operational, planning and development matters.

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Expert panel to review Brisbane's Cross River Rail project

THE Queensland Government last week announced an expert panel will review the Cross River Rail project to ensure it is affordable and meets the future needs of South-East Queensland.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said he wanted to deliver a realistic solution after seven years of Labor inaction on a rail capacity crisis, stating that before the election, Labor had an $8 billion proposal they couldn't afford.

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Australian Government approves Gold Coast Airport master plan

FEDERAL Transport and Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese last week announced approval of Gold Coast Airport's Master Plan, which sets out the airport's strategic direction for the next 20 years.

The master plan outlines major investment in aviation infrastructure over the coming years to make sure the airport is capable of handling increased traffic from the 2018 Commonwealth Games and other major events.

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