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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 Wide Bay 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 Wide Bay infrastructure released

    The Palaszczuk Government today released Queensland’s first State Infrastructure Plan in more than three years, which will drive Wide Bay’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 $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," 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 Wide Bay 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 Wide Bay region include:

     Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra (Sections A and C) upgrade

     Bruce Highway Tinana interchange.

    Additionally, the plan clearly outlines the government’s commitment to fast-tracking $36 million in shovel-ready projects to support 13 jobs for the Wide Bay region:

    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Local Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson welcomed the announcement of the State Infrastructure Plan, and the significant economic growth and boost in jobs it would deliver for the region.

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

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

    Local Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said the State Infrastructure Plan was great news for locals.

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

    "This plan will help deliver jobs for Queensland far beyond the mining boom, providing much needed certainty for our construction industry. I’m eager to start working with my community and the government on some ideas for consideration under the $180 million Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects Program."

    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