Government set to refuse Hummock Hill Island development

ENVIRONMENT Minister Tony Burke this week announced his proposed decision to refuse a residential and tourist development in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

The development was proposed by East Wing Corporation at Hummock Hill Island, south-east of Gladstone.

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Townsville Airport master plan gets the green light

FEDERAL Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, yesterday approved Townsville Airport's master plan, which sets out the strategic direction for the airport over the next 20 years.

To accommodate growing passenger numbers – expected to grow by an average of 3.7 per cent a year to more than 3.5 million by 2030 – the master plan proposes a range of infrastructure projects.

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Queensland Budget 2011-12 released

QUEENSLAND'S economy will grow at a faster rate than any other state in the nation over the next two years as the reconstruction effort and the resources sector power the state's next big boom, according to Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser.

Mr Fraser today handed down the Queensland Government's State Budget 2011-2012, as the state continues to recover from the devastating floods and weather events that occurred over summer.

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Second stage of Nundah Circa development commences

CONSTRUCTION of the second stage of Nundah's master-planned community, Circa Nundah, commenced this week, bringing the transformation of Nundah Village into a $271 million mixed-use development a step closer.

Queensland Deputy Premier Paul Lucas and Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for Lilley Wayne Swan joined developers Property Solutions to turn the first sod on Thursday.

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Works begin to relocate flood-affected Grantham to higher ground

LESS than five months since flooding devastated parts of the Lockyer Valley, construction has commenced on an ambitious program to relocate disaster-struck Lockyer Valley residents to higher ground adjacent to the Grantham Township.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council will give flood-devastated residents from the townships of Grantham, Murphys Creek, Postmans Ridge, Withcott and Helidon the option to move to higher ground in the new development as part of a voluntary land-swap initiative.

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Queensland Government protects cropping land

CROPPING land in two key regions of Queensland will be immediately protected from mining and other development under a new policy introduced by the Queensland Government this week.

Environment and Resource Management Minister Kate Jones released final maps and said that much of southern Queensland, as well as the Emerald and Springsure region, will be granted the highest level of protection as Strategic Cropping Land Protection Areas.

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Latest population projections released in Queensland

THE Queensland Government has released its latest population projections report, 'Queensland Government population projections to 2031', that predicts the state's population will grow by 1 million people to approximately 5.6 million by 2031.

The report also predicts that Queensland's population will reach between 7.3 million and 11.15 million by 2056, with expansion forecast in mining communities and major regional centres, as well as continued growth in the south-east corner.

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Draft Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday Regional Plan released

A DRAFT Mackay Isaac and Whitsunday (MIW) Regional Plan 2011-2031, aiming to manage regional growth and change and protect and enhance quality of life in the region, was released last week by the Queensland Government.

The Mackay, Isaac, Whitsunday region, located on the Central Queensland coast, encompasses the local government areas of Isaac, Mackay and Whitsunday and has a total area of just over 90,000 square kilometres. The current population is 180,000 and is expected to grow by 100,000 by the year 2031.

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$1.3b Townsville port expansion declared a significant project

THE Queensland Coordinator-General has declared the $1.3 billion expansion of the Townsville Port a significant project, signalling the beginning of an assessment and community consultation process to consider the project's environmental, economic and social impacts.

Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade Andrew Fraser last week welcomed decision, saying the move reflected the critical importance of the Port and its expansion to securing Townsville's future economic growth.

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Queensland Parliament passes Bill to cap infrastructure charges

QUEENSLAND Parliament last week passed the Sustainable Planning (Housing Affordability and Infrastructure Charges Reform) Amendment Bill 2011, allowing for the introduction of a cap on infrastructure charges.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government, Paul Lucas, said the Queensland Government's overhaul of the infrastructure charging system would stimulate growth and in turn generate jobs and improve housing affordability.

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Bill to reform infrastructure charges introduced to Queensland Parliament

THE Queensland Government this month introduced legislation to Parliament that will enable infrastructure charging reforms to commence from July 1 this year, including the establishment of standard maximum infrastructure charges.

The standard maximum residential charges will be set at $28,000 for a dwelling that has three or more bedrooms and $20,000 for one and two-bedroom dwellings.

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GoldLinQ wins $1bn Gold Coast light rail tender

THE Queensland Government yesterday announced that GoldLinQ, a consortium including Keolis, Downer EDI, McConnell Dowell, Bombardier and Plenary has been selected to build and operate the $1 billion Gold Coast Rapid Transit network.

Stage One of the light rail project includes a 13 kilometre light rail corridor that will service the new Gold Coast University Hospital, Griffith University, Southport medical precinct and the centres of Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.

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Queensland Government announces changes to infrastructure charges

THE Queensland Government has announced wide ranging changes to local government infrastructure charges on new developments in Queensland, proposed to come into effect from July 1 this year.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said the reforms are based on proposals by the independent Infrastructure Charges Taskforce and will give certainty to the building industry.

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