Palmview Structure Plan conditionally approved

QUEENSLAND Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe last week conditionally approved the Palmview Structure Plan, subject to provisions.

While largely satisfied with the Structure Plan, Mr Hinchliffe said the final state interest review determined that Sunshine Coast Regional Council needed to undertake more comprehensive studies of the East-West and North-South Greenlink public transport corridor alignments.


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Queensland Government releases Transit Oriented Development Guide

THE Queensland Government has released the Transit Oriented Development Guide, with Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe, saying the Guide will assist in the delivery of sustainable, well designed and connected communities.

Mr Hinchliffe said Transit Oriented Developments (TODs) were mixed-use precincts built close to existing or future rail, light rail or busway stations. He said TODs would allow residents to live close to the CBD with a reduced reliance on cars.

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Plans for Gladstone's future released

MINISTER for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe, and Gladstone's Acting Mayor, Councillor Gail Sellers, yesterday announced the completion of the Social Infrastructure Strategic Plan (SISP) and the release of the Draft Voluntary Industry Contributions Framework.

Mr Hinchliffe said the Draft Voluntary Industry Contributions Framework would guide future industry investment in community facilities. A Gladstone Foundation would be established to ensure funds were allocated in a structured way.

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Caloundra South to be declared an Urban Development Area

THE Queensland government yesterday announced that it intends to declare Caloundra South an Urban Development Area (UDA), with planning for the Caloundra South Structure Plan site to be transferred to the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA).

Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, said the decision to transfer planning for the site was made after Sunshine Coast Regional Council failed to meet statutory planning deadlines under the Sustainable Planning Act.

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Brisbane CityCat Terminal development application approved

THE development application for a new CityCat Terminal in Brisbane's north has been approved by the Queensland Government through the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA).

The ULDA and Brisbane City Council have been working together to deliver the new CityCat terminal on Macarthur Avenue, within the Northshore Hamilton Urban Development Area (UDA).

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Queensland Cabinet endorses plans for three new communities

QUEENSLAND Cabinet this week endorsed a plan to create three new communities in South East Queensland with the potential to provide up to 120,000 dwellings.

Premier Anna Bligh said the Cabinet endorsement of the areas as Urban Development Areas (UDA) meant an impending declaration would see significant progression for the planned communities at Ripley Valley, Greater Flagstone and Yarrabilba which represent 15 per cent of the housing demand needed in the south east corner over the next twenty years.

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Brisbane's Northern Busway extension progresses to next stage

STAGE TWO of consultation for the extension of Brisbane's Northern Busway began this week, with Queensland Transport Minister, Rachel Nolan, releasing corridor maps for the extension.

The extended Northern Busway from Kedron to Bracken Ridge, will service the Prince Charles Hospital and Westfield Chermside and builds on the existing Northern Busway from the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital to Kedron. The section from Windsor to Kedron is currently under construction.

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Yeerongpilly added to Cross River Rail project

A NEW four platform surface station at Yeerongpilly has been added to the Cross River Rail project. Transport Minister Rachel Nolan announced that the preferred location for the southern tunnel portal for the project will be just north-east of the existing Yeerongpilly train station.

Ms Nolan said both Cross River Rail services and surface services would stop at the new station, resulting in an increased number of train services at Yeerongpilly. She said Cross River Rail services would get from Yeerongpilly to the new underground station in Albert Street in 10 minutes, less than half the 21 minutes it currently takes to get to Central today.

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New Queensland buildings to include bike racks, lockers and showers

PROPOSED changes to the Queensland Development Code would see the compulsory inclusion of secure bike racks, lockers and showers in all new major developments, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe announced yesterday.

Mr Hinchliffe said the draft initiative would encourage people to exercise, reduce the number of cars on Queensland roads and help cut the state's carbon footprint.

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Qld government endorses Coomera Town Centre plan

A MAJOR centre at Coomera is one step closer this week, after the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe, yesterday endorsed the Structure Plan for the Coomera Town Centre.

"This will become a major centre providing a range of employment and services for the northern part of the Gold Coast, so it's great news that this milestone has been reached," Mr Hinchliffe said.

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Major development planned for Parklands site

The redevelopment of the State Government-owned Parklands site into an office, retail and residential precinct could create up to 6380 jobs and an estimated $550 million a year, Member for Southport, Peter Lawlor announced this week.

Mr Lawlor said it was estimated the development of the 29 hectare site as a transit oriented development would inject half a billion dollars a year into the Southport economy, generate employment and provide a range of housing options.

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Queensland government releases draft 20-year, $123b transport plan

THE Queensland government has released its draft 20 year transport plan, 'Connecting SEQ 2031: An Integrated Regional Transport Plan for South East Queensland', with Queensland Premier Anna Bligh saying it maps a clear way forward for the region's transport networks.

The government said the $123 billion plan would provide for a "rail revolution in south east Queensland", with the near tripling of rail capacity by 2031 and movement towards a world class public transport system.

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Draft development scheme for Oonoonba UDA released for public consultation

The draft development scheme for the Oonoonba Urban Development Area (UDA) has been released for public consultation, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe announced yesterday.

The release of the draft development scheme follows the June 21 circulation of the Oonoonba UDA draft structure plan for public consultation. The proposed development scheme builds upon this process and will be available for public comment until October 4.

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