Woolloongabba UDA released for public comment

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

Mr Hinchliffe encouraged residents to have their say on the draft development scheme, which provides greater detail on proposed plans for the 10 hectare site.

Major redevelopment is proposed for the area, including retail, residential and commercial development, potentially providing 8,000 jobs and homes for between 4,000 and 5,000 people.

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New plan released for North West Queensland

A NEW blueprint for North West Queensland to guide social and economic growth in North West Queensland over the next 20 years has been released. Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe, launched the plan in Mount Isa today.

Mr Hinchliffe said the plan struck the correct balance between the region's social, economic and environmental needs and aspirations.

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Queensland Planning Minister approves draft South Brisbane plan for exhibition

QUEENSLAND Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe, today conditionally approved Brisbane City Council's draft South Brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan.

Some changes were made to the plan, which will now be formally exhibited, before returning to the Minister for final assessment.

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Qld government to fast-track housing in Roma, Moranbah and Blackwater

THE Queensland Government has announced that it will declare Urban Development Areas (UDAs) in Roma, Moranbah and Blackwater in an effort to provide more affordable housing.

Premier Anna Bligh said the UDAs would result in more than 900 new dwellings, most of them affordable, to take pressure off the three regional mining towns.

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Woolloongabba UDA to feature transit oriented development as part of draft structure plan

QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh yesterday released plans for a new Gabba precinct to include a public park the size of ANZAC square and based around a major transport hub linked to the Cross River Rail project.

The Woolloongabba Urban Development Area (UDA) Draft Structure Plan follows the announcement last week that one of four new underground Cross River Rail stations will be located at Woolloongabba.

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Qld Govt. announces details of Albert St underground station

QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh has announced plans to build Brisbane CBD's first new train station in 100 years at Albert Street as part of Brisbane's $8 billion Cross River Rail Project.

The Albert Street Station is one of four new underground stations including Roma Street, the Boggo Road Urban Village and Woolloongabba. The Albert Street station will have subway style portal entries from various street locations on the surface above the new underground station.

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Submissions invited for draft Queensland Planning Provisions

THE Department of Infrastructure and Planning is currently seeking feedback on the draft Queensland Planning Provisions (QPP) version 2.0, as part of the first review since the QPP took effect last December.

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Cairns 30-year transport blueprint released

FEDERAL Infrastructure and Transport Minister and Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace last week released a 30-year transport blueprint for Cairns and announced that works to deliver the vision would begin as early as this year.

Mr Albanese said the vision is of "a sustainable and vibrant community underpinned by modern, well planned transport infrastructure. It's a plan not just for the next three years but for the next three decades."

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Government responds to Queensland Growth Management Summit

THE Queensland Government this week responded to the Queensland Growth Management Summit with the release of Shaping Tomorrow's Queensland.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said the Growth Summit was a wonderful opportunity to listen to the community. "It is important to say that this response is not a magic wand for the problems of growth in Queensland. I am committed to continue to work with all levels of government and the community to continue a dialogue with the community on managing growth," Ms Bligh said.

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Plan to reinforce Townsville as Queensland's second capital

QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh this week announced the development of a new plan to support economic and employment growth in Townsville. The plan, Townsville Futures Plan, would consolidate new and existing plans and reinforce Townsville as the second capital of Queensland.

Ms Bligh said the plan responded to the Queensland Growth Management Summit and that a clear message was "that the state must encourage population growth and vitality in regions other than South East Queensland. This is where Townsville, long regarded as the 'second capital' of Queensland, has a major role to play."

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Queensland Government calls-in Milton train station development

MINISTER for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said today he has called-in a proposed Transit Oriented Development (TOD) at Railway Terrace, Milton.

On 3 February 2010 the Brisbane City Council (BCC) approved the development application by FKP for the mixed-use development at Cribb Street and Railway Terrace in Milton. However, this approval was due to be appealed in the Planning and Environment Court by a local resident's action group due to concerns regarding compliance with the town plan.

The proposed development is comprised of 303 residential units and a gym, retail, restaurant, office and railway facilities. The Government also said the development could provide significant station upgrades including station access, platforms, community artwork and ticket offices.

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CLEM7 toll road opens in Brisbane

Brisbane's largest infrastructure project, the Clem Jones Tunnel (CLEM7), opened on Monday 15 March at 10pm. The 6.8 kilometre road, links Bowen Hills in the city's north to Woolloongabba in the south, and includes a 4.8 kilometre tunnel, making it the longest tunnel in Australia.

Costing $3 billion, the CLEM7 is the first toll road in Brisbane's inner city, allowing motorists to bypass 24 sets of traffic lights. The tunnel was free for the first three weeks of operation, with concessional tolls introduced on April 6 until 9 May 2010 providing a 30 per cent discount off normal tolls. The CLEM7 is currently toll-free between midnight and 5.00am until 9 May 2010. It has been reported that RiverCity Motorway may extend the concessional toll period.

Following the concessional period, normal tolls for cars will be $4.28, $6.42 for light commercial vehicles and $11.33 for heavy commercial vehicles. Motorbikes will pay $2.14. Tolls are to rise on January 1 each year, in line with Brisbane's CPI.

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