Changes for Queensland planning after Cabinet shake-up

QUEENSLAND'S Department of Infrastructure and Planning no longer exists as an agency and has become the Department of Local Government and Planning (DLGP), following a Cabinet reshuffle by Premier Anna Bligh.

The Department of Local Government and Planning (DLGP) will report to Deputy Premier, Paul Lucas, who will also fulfil the roles of Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State.

Stirling Hinchliffe, who was Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, is now the Minister for Employment, Skills and Mining.

The role of Coordinator-General within the former Department of Infrastructure and Planning transfers to the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI), reporting to the Treasurer, Andrew Fraser.

Announcing the new Cabinet earlier in the week, Ms Bligh said the sweeping changes to portfolios reflect the government's key priority of rebuilding the state.

"My message to the new Cabinet is clear: We each have two priorities this year – rebuilding and delivering".

"That means getting on with the job of reconstructing our state in the wake of the most devastating disasters in our recent history and getting on with the job of delivering services like health and education and transport for all Queenslanders," Ms Bligh said.

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) welcomed the Premier's decision to combine the portfolios of local government and planning under the responsibility of Deputy Premier Paul Lucas, saying it demonstrated "how vital the relationship between the Government and local councils will be to the state's reconstruction effort."

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