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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 Fitzroy infrastructure released

    JOINT STATEMENT

    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 Fitzroy infrastructure released

    The Palaszczuk Government today released Queensland’s first State Infrastructure Plan (SIP) in more than three years, which will drive Fitzroy’s economy 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 statewide 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 $50 million to fast-track the delivery of two projects in the Fitzroy region:

     Rockhampton Road Train Access, Stage 1 - $10 million

     Dawson Highway (Gladstone – Biloela) timber bridge replacement package - $40 million.

    "These two projects are critical to improving the efficiency of road freight in the region, and will support around 32 jobs during construction," Ms Trad said.

    "Also as part of the State Infrastructure Fund, we’ve allocated $180 million for a ‘Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects Program’, which will 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.

    "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 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 Fitzroy 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."

    Other projects for the Fitzroy region over the next four years include:

     Yeppoon Western Bypass Stage 2

     Stanwell and Ross Secondary Systems replacement

     Lower Fitzroy Infrastructure (water); and

     Rockhampton Intensive Care Unit.

    Additionally, the plan clearly outlines the government’s commitment to fast-track $27 million in shovel-ready projects to support 27 jobs for the Fitzroy region as part of its Accelerated Works Program.

    Local Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne welcomed the State Infrastructure Plan, in particular the $10 million funding boost which would bring Stage 1 of Rockhampton’s Road Train project to life.

    "Stage 1 will deliver upgrades to two key intersections in north Rockhampton – Moores Creek Road and Musgrave Street, and Queen Elizabeth Drive and Bridge Street," Mr Byrne said.

    "This upgrade will significantly increase the capacity of the two intersections and is the first step towards allowing Type 1 road trains to carry cattle to Rockhampton abattoirs on Lakes Creek Road, which is expected to deliver economic benefits of nearly $1 million every year.

    "With these intersections among the five busiest in Rockhampton, this upgrade will also significantly improve traffic flow through the area for local motorists."

    Local Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said he was pleased to see the Fitzroy region prioritised through the plan, and looked forward to seeing the timber bridge upgrade on the Dawson Highway get underway between Gladstone and Biloela.

    "This $40 million commitment will see five timber bridges at Catfish Creek, Nine Mile Creek, Sheep Station Creek, Maxwelton Creek and Doubtful Creek replaced with more durable and reliable concrete structures," Mr Butcher said.

    "The new structures will widen the Dawson Highway at these five locations, significantly increasing safety for all road users.

    "This project will also significantly improve the region’s freight operations and open up new opportunities, by lifting the existing weight limitation in place on the old timber bridges, which currently sees some vehicles travelling hundreds of additional kilometres via Rockhampton."

    Local Member for Mirani Jim Pearce said the agricultural industry in his community would benefit from better access to the Gladstone Port.

    "Agriculture is the life blood of our region here in Mirani and I am committed to supporting our local farmers. This investment in the Dawson Highway will make it easier for local producers to access the port, and maximise their export opportunities safely and efficiently.’

    Local Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga 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 our local communities," Ms Lauga said.

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

    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 dilgp.qld.gov.au/SIP

    ENDS

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