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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Palaszczuk Government’s vision for Cairns infrastructure released


    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Sunday, March 13, 2016

    Palaszczuk Government’s vision for Cairns infrastructure released

    The Palaszczuk Government today released Queensland’s first State Infrastructure Plan in more than three years, which will drive the economy in Cairns and deliver the infrastructure the region needs to grow and generate jobs.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the long-term State Infrastructure Plan committed to significant reforms to the way Queensland plans, prioritises and invests in infrastructure, and it follows the establishment of Building Queensland as an independent infrastructure advisor to government and Market Led Proposals to encourage new private sector investment.

    "I made a commitment as Opposition Leader to ensure that Queensland once again had a state-wide infrastructure plan, and today we deliver it," the Premier said.

    Releasing the Plan today, Premier Palaszczuk and Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad also announced the establishment of a new State Infrastructure Fund, with an initial investment of $500 million, including $180 million for a ‘Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects Program’ to deliver regionally significant infrastructure projects identified by communities for communities.

    "Through this Program, we want to hear from regional communities about the infrastructure projects which will address a community need or stimulate additional economic and job growth for their area," Ms Trad said.

    "We will soon begin work to identify how this $180 million investment can be used most effectively to deliver jobs and grow Queensland’s economy after the resources boom."

    Ms Trad said the State Infrastructure Plan also outlined a clear, four-year pipeline of projects to provide the private sector with the confidence to invest in people and resources by knowing what projects will be in market when.

    "Providing the private sector with a transparent pipeline of work is vitally important, particularly after the LNP failed to deliver a single infrastructure plan during their three years in government," Ms Trad said.

    "Through the SIP, the Cairns region now has an infrastructure blueprint and a clear four-year pipeline of work that will meet the future demands of the area’s population, and deliver economic growth and jobs year after year."

    Infrastructure projects over the next four years for the Cairns region include:

     Bruce Highway Cairns Southern Access Corridor (Stage 2)

     Cairns Hospital redevelopment

     Cairns Special School

     Cairns/Mt Peter sewer upgrade

     Port of Cairns – Tingira Street Subdivision Development.

    Additionally, the plan clearly outlines the government’s commitment to fast-tracking $68 million in shovel-ready projects to support 159 jobs for the Cairns region which is already underway as part of its Accelerated Works Program.

    Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt welcomed the announcement of the State Infrastructure Plan, and the significant economic growth and boost in jobs it would deliver for the Cairns region.

    "Through this State Infrastructure Plan, and our ongoing Accelerated Works Program, we are committed to generating jobs for the Cairns region and helping the workforce transition following the resources boom," Mr Pitt said.

    "A transparent, four-year pipeline of work is fantastic news for Cairns and will give the private sector the confidence to invest in our people, plant and equipment."

    Local Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said the State Infrastructure Plan was great news for locals.

    "This plan takes the politics out of the infrastructure planning process, and focuses on what’s important – better infrastructure planning, quality decision-making and creating jobs for Queenslanders," Mr Crawford said.

    "I am particularly excited about the $180 million Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects Program and look forward to working with my community to bring projects to the government for consideration that will deliver jobs and support growth locally."

    Other key reform measures outlined in the State Infrastructure Plan include:

     Establishing an Infrastructure Cabinet Committee to drive infrastructure coordination and development

     Establishing an Infrastructure Portfolio Office to coordinate and integrate state government infrastructure, land-use and economic planning

     Developing five new strategic infrastructure network plans for Transport, Water, Energy, Digital and Social infrastructure

     Enhancing the government’s ability to fund and finance infrastructure through a focus on value capture and improving alternative funding and financing options in Queensland

     Reviewing fragmented local government infrastructure grants programs to optimise prioritisation; and

     Establishing a joint industry/government Infrastructure Innovation Taskforce, and a Community Infrastructure Reference Group to provide thought leadership through a prioritised program of work.

    For more information or to view the State Infrastructure Plan visit


    Media Contact: Deputy Premier’s Office - 0488 996 667