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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 on the Gold Coast

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

    Tuesday, February 02, 2016

    Treasurer hosts Market-Led Proposals forum on the Gold Coast

    Treasurer Curtis Pitt has urged Gold Coast businesses and investors to be part of the State’s high economic growth by submitting their best ideas to Government through the new market-led proposals process.

    Around 60 investors and Gold Coast businesses today attended the State Government’s Market-Led Proposals forum at the Sofitel in Broadbeach.

    Treasurer Curtis Pitt hosted the event, one of a series of high-level business forums to build on the strong response to the new streamlined process to assess and manage market-led proposals.

    Market-led proposals provide 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 one already proceeding to the Stage Two detailed assessment phase of the process - a planned $450 million upgrade of the Logan Motorway in South-East Queensland.

    “The Gold Coast is one of the best performing regions in Queensland for employment and business activity,” Mr Pitt said.

    “Queensland has the highest forecast economic growth of any State in Australia this financial year – market-led proposals will help keep us on top of the rest of the country.

    “I know there are dozens of businesses here on the Gold Coast which have the potential to create exciting new projects to deliver services and infrastructure for the community.

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

    “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.

    “Market-led proposals are a terrific way of boosting economic growth and supplementing the Government’s $10 billion capital works program.

    “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.

    “The Palaszczuk Government has sent a very clear message that we want proposals that will drive jobs and growth.

    “We have streamlined the process to make these projects simpler to submit, assess and move to completion.”

    Two more Market Led Proposal forums are planned this month for the Sunshine Coast and Townsville.

    More information regarding market-led proposals, including a lodgement portal can be found at: www.treasury.qld.gov.au/mlp

     

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