THE Queensland Government last week said it will work with local councils and communities to use underutilised government-owned land to generate economic growth and jobs across the state.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Advancing Our Cities and Regions strategy aimed to generate additional economic growth and more jobs, while honouring the government's election commitment to "maintaining ownership of essential social assets and productive income-earning assets".
"Advancing Our Cities and Regions will provide a more strategic approach and vision for industries and communities to develop," the Premier said.
Ms Palaszczuk said the models that are delivering Queen's Wharf development, Herston Quarter, Hamilton Northshore and Kelvin Grove Urban Village in Brisbane should be used to generate jobs and opportunities in regional Queensland.
"By working with local councils and communities, we can replicate this approach for underutilised government-owned land in other parts of Queensland, particularly in our regions," she said.
"Just as we are generating jobs and growth thorough these developments in south-east Queensland, my Government is determined to do so across other parts of the State."
"This is land that we don't need for future schools, hospitals and roads. This is land not being used to the benefit of the community. Successive governments have bought and sold land. In the Department of State Development, a dedicated unit – Property Queensland –provides a whole-of-government approach to facilitating better use of the State's property portfolio."
Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said that the strategy would maximise the use of state-owned land for the benefit of all Queenslanders.
"We have enormous opportunities in front of us to deliver strategic urban renewal projects which will redefine our cities and regions, deliver more jobs, better community facilities, more affordable housing and unlock significant economic growth for our state.
"We will work with communities, councils and industry on projects to ensure that local needs and aspirations are understood."
Treasurer Curtis Pitt said this major initiative announced in the June 14 State Budget offered the opportunity to transform communities and drive jobs growth across the State, including north Queensland.
"Developments will deliver strong community benefits and could include social and affordable housing, energy efficient housing, innovative urban design, new public precincts, and the creation of new arts, educational sport and community facilities and tourism opportunities," Mr Pitt said.
The Premier said the income-generating Government-owned assets such as our ports and electricity companies will stay in public hands.
Cross River Rail Economic Development Strategy
The Strategy will ensure CRR efficiently delivers an innovation and economic development corridor, effectively connecting some of Brisbane's most important knowledge infrastructure including UQ and QUT; PA Hospital and RBWH; the Translational Research Institute and QIMR.
Prominent parcels of underutilised government land within the corridor will be designated as Significant Economic Development Opportunities for catalyst projects and developments. These sites include areas such as the Mayne Railyards, Boggo Road, Roma Street and Woolloongabba.
A range of renewal opportunities including the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area, incorporating the North Queensland Stadium, development of a health and knowledge precinct at the James Cook University campus and improved transport linkage between the CBD, university campus and Townsville Hospital.
The Queensland Government is also working to ensure the Australian Government honours its commitment to make Townsville the first city to be recognized in a 'City Deal' under its Smart Cities Plan.
Revitalising the CBD through two joint-venture projects for residential and student accommodation on surplus local government-owned land.
Rockhampton's historic city centre is ready for large-scale renewal that will stimulate ongoing employment and economic activity for the tourism, construction, entertainment, leisure, retail and services sectors.
Moreton Bay Renewal
The Moreton Bay Renewal project will aim to transform underutilised areas of the Moreton Bay region, including North Stradbroke Island, into hubs of tourism activity.
This project will be driven by the North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy that will help transition the island away from sand mining, and the redevelopment of the gateways to Moreton Bay's islands, Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek.
More information about the Advancing Our Cities and Regions strategy is available from the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website at <http://www.edq.qld.gov.au/infrastructure/advancing-our-cities-and-regions-strategy.html>.