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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier
    The Honourable Anna Bligh
    Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    BLIGH DECLARES QLD’S FIRST URBAN DEVELOPMENT AREAS

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Monday, March 31, 2008

    BLIGH DECLARES QLD’S FIRST URBAN DEVELOPMENT AREAS

    More south-east Queensland housing will be on the market sooner after Premier Anna Bligh today unveiled the State’s first Urban Development Areas at Bowen Hills and Northshore Hamilton.

    “Following the landmark legislation passed last year, the declaration of Queensland’s first two Urban Land Development Areas is significant step towards getting land and housing on the market quickly.

    “Queensland’s toughest challenge in housing affordability is the lack of supply and these new areas will deliver housing for more than 30,000 Queenslanders.

    “The ULDA will plan, manage and deliver these strategic sites to the market, cutting red tape and reducing the cost to industry of delivering housing.

    “We expect to see these saving passed on to home buyers who will now have greater housing choices close to employment and transport,” she said.

    Ms Bligh said the commercial sector would also benefit from these Queensland-first areas.

    “Brisbane’s commercial office space is at a record low, the CBD market is the second tightest in the country behind Perth, with a vacancy rate of 0.7%.

    “Early work undertaken at Bowen Hills indicates the potential for more than 300,000 square metres of commercial development. This additional office space will help ease the significant demands currently being experienced in inner-Brisbane.

    Ms Bligh said development activity was expected to begin on the sites within a year.

    “This will change Queensland’s urban areas for the better and create world-class urban areas for future generations,” she said.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Paul Lucas said the ULDA will contact all major landholders in the Bowen Hills and Northshore Hamilton areas.

    “These development areas will be congestion busters, with a focus on public transport for residents and workers,” said Mr Lucas

    “The 108 hectare Bowen Hills site will be centred around a new, signature Bowen Hills railway station and bus exchange, as well as featuring high quality public spaces.

    “Major landholders in the area include Queensland Newspapers the Royal National Association, Queensland Rail and Brisbane City Council.

    “It not only features one of Brisbane’s busiest railway stations, it is also ideally positioned to capitalise on overflow from the CBD office market and the area’s existing media and health-related precincts could stamp Bowen Hills as a knowledge hub.”

    Northshore Hamilton is a 304 hectare site strategically located eight kilometres from the CBD, close to Brisbane’s airport, the Gateway Motorway and Australia TradeCoast.

    “The Northshore site will give the river back to the people, by turning old port buildings into a place to enjoy a walk next to the water,” said Mr Lucas.

    “Northshore Hamilton is ideally located to benefit from an extension to City Cat services.

    “I am also very keen to look investigate extending the Doomben rail line into the development.

    “It is currently under used and having more passengers could warrant an increase in services, which would benefit people in other areas along the line.

    “I want to acknowledge the work Brisbane City Council and Port of Brisbane have already done to develop a draft Neighbourhood Plan for Northshore Hamilton. The ULDA will be building on this existing vision for the area.”

    Ms Bligh also announced today that Fitzgibbon and Mackay Urban Development Areas would be declard mid-year, and Woolloongabba later this year.

    Monday, 31 March 2008

    Media: 3224 4500 (Premier’s office) or 322 48750 (Deputy Premier’s office)