Queensland

Route finalised for Sunshine Coast's CoastConnect green corridor

COASTCONNECT, the Sunshine Coast's 23 kilometre green transport corridor has moved a step closer, with the final route announced in Queensland Parliament last week by Transport Minister Rachel Nolan.

CoastConnect is a Queensland Government initiative to promote sustainable travel on the Sunshine Coast.

The project will provide a range of sustainable transport options along the corridor from Caloundra to Maroochydore, including bus priority lanes, on-road cycle lanes, bus stop upgrades, bus queue bypasses and new bus stops.

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Queensland Government seeks feedback for Moranbah and Blackwater UDAs

THE Queensland Government has called for community feedback on the proposed development schemes for the Moranbah and Blackwater Urban Development Areas (UDAs).

The proposed development schemes were released today by Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe, who encouraged residents to come forward and have their say on the draft plans.

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New leadership for Queensland's Department of Infrastructure and Planning

THE QUEENSLAND Government yesterday announced new leadership for the Department of Infrastructure and Planning, following the appointment of previous Director-General and Coordinator-General, Graeme Newton, as head of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

Minister for Local Government Desley Boyle and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe, yesterday approved the appointment of Growth Management Queensland Chief Executive Paul Low as the Acting Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure and Planning (DIP).

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Queensland Government seeks developers for Coorparoo Junction TOD

QUEENSLAND Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe yesterday announced that the government is seeking Expressions of Interest to develop the Coorparoo Junction Transit Oriented Development (TOD).

The 1.25 hectare Coorparoo Junction TOD site is located on the corner of Old Cleveland Road and Cavendish Road at Coorparoo. Once developed, the site will feature a mixture of residential housing and commercial and retail space, integrated with the planned Coorparoo Junction busway station.

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Report examines implications of the Queensland floods on the planning system

KNOWLEDGE of flood prevention guidelines, improved education and stricter building guidelines are just some of the recommendations made by The Planning Boardroom in its examination of the implications of the Queensland floods on the planning system.

The report finds that there is compelling evidence that the floods, which impacted around 70 per cent of the state and affected around 60 per cent of the entire population, were a result of extreme weather conditions caused by La Niña weather patterns.

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Queensland Reconstruction Authority to get Queensland 'back on its feet'

QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh last Wednesday announced the establishment of a new Queensland Reconstruction Authority to manage and coordinate the statewide rebuilding program in the aftermath of the floods.

Ms Bligh said the statutory Authority, which will be established through an act of Parliament, will manage the task of rebuilding and repairing infrastructure in over 60 flood-affected communities and implementing a statewide plan for rebuilding.

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Queensland flood inquiry to examine planning

AS Queensland continues to deal with the devastation of the flood crisis, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh yesterday launched a statewide independent Commission of Inquiry to forensically examine the flood disaster, with land use planning one of a number of aspects to be examined.

The floods in Queensland impacted approximately 70 per cent of the entire state and affected around 60 per cent of the entire population. At the time of writing, the death toll stands at 18, with grave fears held for a further fourteen people.

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Cross River Rail tops Queensland's Infrastructure Australia wish list

THE Queensland Government has released its list of projects submitted to Infrastructure Australia to be considered for federal funding in 2011, with the Cross River Rail project at the top of the list.

Announcing Queensland's list of projects for potential Federal Government funding in 2011, Premier Anna Bligh said Cross River Rail met Infrastructure Australia's key goal of funding projects that could build national productivity and transform cities.

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Queensland Government releases draft Biodiversity Strategy

CLIMATE Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones yesterday released Queensland's first ever Biodiversity Strategy that aims to provide a whole-of-state blueprint for ensuring the conservation of wildlife and natural areas.

Ms Jones said that actions now will help protect wildlife and natural ecosystems from the impacts of climate change and population growth.

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Final development scheme for Andergrove UDA approved

THE final development scheme for the Andergrove Urban Development Area (UDA) has been approved by the Governor in Council, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe announced last Friday.

Mr Hinchliffe said the draft development scheme was amended in response to concerns raised by the local community and now preserves almost 60 per cent of natural bushland on the 22 hectare site.

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Queensland Government outlines $17b worth of transport projects

THE Queensland Government last week outlined a total of $17 billion worth of projects under the State Government's four-year plan for road and transport infrastructure in Queensland.

Released by Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace and Transport Minister Rachel Nolan, the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) is a four-year forward program of works for public transport, bikeways and roads.

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Report recommends infrastructure charge caps in Queensland

THE Queensland Government yesterday announced the release of the Interim Consultation Report of the Infrastructure Charges Taskforce. The report contains 14 draft recommendations to Queensland's State and Council development charging systems that aims to boost development, improve housing affordability and create jobs.

Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, said that Queensland had to stay competitive with other states and housing needs to be kept affordable, adding that State and Council infrastructure charges could add more than $40,000 to the cost of a new home.

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Draft planning documents for Yeerongpilly TOD available for public comment

QUEENSLAND Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Stirling Hinchliffe, last week announced that draft planning documents for early release sites at the Yeerongpilly Transit Oriented Development (TOD) are available for public comment.

The draft Yeerongpilly TOD State Planning Regulatory Provision (SPRP) provides a framework for the development of land identified in the Yeerongpilly TOD area.

"The draft SPRP will guide development for new residential units and townhouses south of Ortive Street, as well as a commercial office on Fairfield Road near the pedestrian overpass," Mr Hinchliffe said.

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