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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Ten-year roadmap seeks bio futures directions for Queensland

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, November 05, 2015

    Ten-year roadmap seeks bio futures directions for Queensland

    Queenslanders are being asked to help plot the route to an industrial biotechnology revolution, with the release of a 10-year bio futures roadmap for consultation.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the consultation paper was the first step towards developing a 10-year roadmap and action plan to build and promote new generation industries.

    “My government is committed to developing a sustainable industrial biotechnology sector,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “The development of an industrial biotechnology sector is a real opportunity to diversify our economy and help create thousands of regional jobs and a new, high value knowledge-intensive industry.

    “Industrial biotechnology is the creation of fuel, chemicals, plastics and other products from biological materials, which means a huge boost for our agriculture and manufacturing sectors.”

    A consultation paper on the Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap was released today at the North Queensland Economic Summit and will be available for submissions and comment.

    “The goal of the Biofutures Roadmap will be to eliminate unnecessary red tape and identify the initiatives required to help people invest and to allow new industries to emerge,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “Public consultation on the Queensland Biofutures 10 year Roadmap: Consultation Paper will inform a Biofutures Roadmap and action plan to be completed by mid-2016.”

    The Premier said the government had already demonstrated its support for the industrial biotechnology sector.

    “Our proposed two per cent biofuel mandate from July 2016 will provide certainty to the existing biofuel industry in Queensland so that it can continue to invest, innovate, grow and create jobs.

    “This will help Queensland transition to a clean energy economy, grow our biofuels and bio-manufacturing sectors and boost jobs across the industry, especially in regional Queensland.”

    The Bio Futures Roadmap is the first 10-year industry plan to flow from the government’s $180 million Advance Queensland strategy to create the jobs of the future.

    “If you want to be a global innovation leader, you have to articulate a long-term plan to the world.

    “I am determined to see a biofuels industry kick-start here.

    “Northern Queensland is perfectly positioned to lead Australia in eco-tourism, biofuels, tropical agriculture and medicine as the region becomes our nation’s best gateway into Asia.”

    Access the 10-year Roadmap Consultation Paper at statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/Biofutures

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