Queensland's Building Boost comes to an end

QUEENSLAND'S Building Boost, a $10,000 grant for home purchasers buying or building an eligible new home, has come to an end.

In an effort to stimulate increased activity in the construction sector, the Building Boost was introduced by the former Labor Government in August last year for six months and later extended for a further 3 months until the end of April.

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Proposed Fitzroy Terminal project moves to the next stage

QUEENSLAND Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney last week announced an environmental assessment of the $1.2 billion Fitzroy Terminal Project will progress to the next stage.

Mr Seeney said the announcement cleared the way for the proponent to finalise its environmental impact statement (EIS) for the major terminal project between Rockhampton and Gladstone, which will assess the potential environmental, economic or social impacts of the proposal.

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Queensland Government orders audit of rail network

THE Queensland Government has moved to improve the reliability of the city rail network, following two major disruptions during the state's election campaign.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Scott Emerson, last week said he had directed his department to conduct an independent audit of the city rail network to assess the reliability and integrity of the network.

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Queensland Development Assessment Monitoring and Performance Program 2010-11 report released

QUEENSLAND'S Local Government Minister Paul Lucas this month released the Development Assessment Monitoring and Performance Program Annual Report 2010-2011, which provides a snapshot of the development activity occurring throughout high-growth council areas and the length of time taken to process development applications in Queensland.

The report outlines how Queensland's high-growth council areas, state government departments and applicants performed against statutory timeframes for processing development applications in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 during 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011.

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Great Barrier Reef to be assessed for development pressures

THE Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area will undergo a joint assessment to ensure future development along Queensland's coastline is well-planned and its values are protected.

The Queensland and Australian governments and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) have signed a new agreement on assessment processes to ensure future sustainable development along the Queensland coastline and protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Parliament passes Bill to extend Queensland Building Boost

QUEENSLAND'S Parliament passed the Building Boost Grant Amendment Bill on Thursday, allowing the Building Boost to be extended until the end of April.

Deputy Premier and Treasurer, Andrew Fraser, said the three month extension of the Building Boost will support jobs in the construction industry.

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Warrego Highway masterplan launched

THE Queensland Government this week launched its masterplan to transform the Warrego Highway, the second-highest trafficked rural highway in Queensland.

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace and Member for Toowoomba North Kerry Shine unveiled the 20 year Warrego Highway Upgrade Strategy today.

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Queensland Government unveils new vision for South Bank

QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh this week announced a new vision for the expansion of South Bank that aims to make Brisbane "the world's most people-friendly river city."

Ms Bligh said the government had spent six months planning an extended South Bank to form a 5 kilometre recreational river strip that runs from the Story Bridge to Hockings Street.

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Queensland's best cropping land now protected by law

QUEENSLAND'S best agricultural land is now officially protected with the State Government's strategic cropping land legislation coming into effect this week.

The Strategic Cropping Land Act 2011, Strategic Cropping Land Regulation 2011 and State Planning Policy 1/12: Protection of Queensland's strategic cropping land came into effect as of Monday.

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Queensland Government protects Flinders-Karawatha bushland corridor

A SIXTY kilometre bushland corridor extending from Karawatha Forest in Brisbane's southern suburbs to Flinders Peak, on to the south side of Ipswich and down to the Wyaralong Dam near Boonah has been protected by the Queensland Government.

Natural Resources Minister Rachel Nolan said the Flinders-Karawatha corridor, South East Queensland's last remaining unprotected bushland corridor, has been preserved for the benefit of generations to come.

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Property Council launches advocacy agenda for Queensland Election

THE Property Council of Australia this week launched its advocacy agenda for Queensland's upcoming state election, containing five actions that aim to restore the state's competitiveness.

The launch coincided with Premier Anna Bligh's announcement that she has set the date for the State Election as March 24, following her decision to grant an extension of time for the Floods Commission of Inquiry to complete their work.

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Woolworths' Sippy Downs Town Centre development gets the go-ahead

A DEVELOPMENT application allowing Woolworths to develop the Sippy Downs Town Centre has been conditionally approved by the Queensland Government, following a decision by the Minister for Local Government and Planning, Paul Lucas, to call-in the development last September.

The mixed-use development will include a shopping complex with retail and commercial spaces and 201 residential units. The shopping centre is expected to turnover approximately $117 million in its first year of operation.

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Queensland Building Boost extended for three months

THE Queensland Government last week announced it will extend the $10,000 Queensland Building Boost for a further three months, citing industry demand and significant momentum in applications as reasons.

The $10,000 grant is available to all home purchasers buying or building a new home worth less than $600,000 and applications have steadily increased since the grant was made available at the beginning of August 2011.

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