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    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Treasurer hosts Market-Led Proposals forum in Townsville

    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    Treasurer hosts Market-Led Proposals forum in Townsville

    Townsville business have been challenged to come up with game-changing ideas and projects for the State Government to get behind to drive new jobs and opportunities in the North.

    Treasurer Curtis Pitt said he was impressed both by the number of investors who attended today’s Market-Led Proposals forum and also the quality of proposals.

    “More than 50 investors and Townsville businesses attended today’s Market-Led Proposals forum at the Ville Resort,” Mr Pitt said.

    “Today’s forum was a valuable opportunity to tell Townsville businesses about the process and how they can get involved.

    “There were dozens of companies keen to be part of Queensland’s high economic growth with unique and innovative ideas to deliver services and infrastructure for the community that they’ll now submit to us for evaluation.

    “We have streamlined the process to make these projects simpler to submit, assess and move to completion by providing a pathway for the private sector to propose solutions to infrastructure and social challenges without responding to a specific request from the government.”

    More than 30 market-led proposals have already been received by the Government, with a planned $450 million upgrade of the Logan Motorway in South-East Queensland already proceeding to the detailed assessment phase of the process.

    Mr Pitt said the Palaszczuk Government was focused on maintaining confidence and supporting the creation of employment opportunities in North Queensland.

    “Queensland has the highest forecast economic growth of any State in Australia this financial year and getting new projects off the ground through Market-Led Proposals will help keep us on top of the rest of the country,” Mr Pitt said.

    “We want to maintain the positive economic momentum since the State Budget and get new projects off the ground, stimulating the economy and creating jobs.

    “In the first three months of the market-led proposals initiative we had more proposals come to Government than in the previous three years.

    “We are encouraging the private sector to bring us opportunities that generate benefits for Queenslanders and our economy. Proposals can cover a wide range of areas, not only infrastructure.”

    For more information regarding market-led proposals phone 3035 1942 or submit your proposal via the lodgement portal at: www.treasury.qld.gov.au/mlp

     

    Contact:  0419 945 546