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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Renewed cross-border agreement with NSW a foundation for Premier partnership

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Friday, January 27, 2017

    Renewed cross-border agreement with NSW a foundation for Premier partnership

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will use a renewed cross-border agreement with New South Wales as the foundation for a partnership with its new Premier Gladys Berejiklian

    “Former Premier Mike Baird and I worked on renewing the agreement signed between both States in 2011,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “Our focus was on driving economic development, improving access to services and sharing information to support vulnerable families and children, working on local transport initiatives and partnering on shared national issues.”

    “While the agreement was negotiated with Premier Baird, I believe it is a foundation for a partnership with Premier Berejiklian and her Government.”

    “These are key issues for our State and I look forward to working with the Premier for the best outcomes for our communities.”

    The areas of focus and priority areas under the Queensland and New South Wales Statement of Principles and Priorities for Cross-border Collaboration 2016-19 are:

    Regional Economic Development 

    The priority areas are: 

    • collaborative planning for future cross-border urban and regional developments 
    • undertaking a systematic approach to addressing the issues in approved urban and regional developments in cross-border communities
    • joint advocacy for major infrastructure projects
    • identifying infrastructure constraints and public domain improvements to encourage investment in cross-border regions.

    Aligning Services and Sharing Information

    Residents living in cross-border regions should have equitable access to services and, where possible, avoid the need for residents to navigate both service systems.

    In respect to vulnerable families and children, information sharing is central to providing appropriate services for families who may live or work across borders, or who may move from one state to another.

    The priority areas are: 

    • the protection of children 
    • a person-centred approach to the access and delivery of health care services
    • keeping communities safe
    • enhanced sharing of information between agencies to support service planning and delivery.

    Local Transport 

    The priority areas include: 

    • greater efficiencies in delivering flexible border transport solutions 
    • integrated border bus services
    • alignment of priority border road projects.

    Issues of National Significance 

    The priority areas include: 

    • the protection and well-being of victims of domestic and family violence 
    • roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme
    • expansion of mutual recognition arrangements
    • consistent action on waste management
    • harmonisation of heavy vehicle regulations, where applicable
    • sharing information to advance the Council of Australian Governments’ reform agenda. 

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791