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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Government poised to unveil planning strategies

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Wednesday, July 01, 2009

    Government poised to unveil planning strategies

    Planning for Queensland’s future development is at a critical stage, with four regional plans due to be launched over the next few months, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said today.

    The first cab off the rank will be the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031, which has been finalised after five months of public consultation drew more than 3000 submissions.

    This will be followed by the launches of the Maronoa-Balonne, South West Queensland and Central West Queensland regional plans.

    Minister Hinchliffe said the public’s input had been invaluable in shaping the final plans.

    “Draft versions of these four plans have been open for community consultation, and now we are about to deliver the final versions.

    “It means residents in these areas have had a say in the blueprints that will guide growth and development in coming decades. It shows that the Government is serious about working with local councils in having an overview on how we manage development and plan communities across the State, from the growth centres of South East Queensland to the more remote areas of Western Queensland,” he said.

    “These blueprints play a key role in helping Queensland communities meet the challenges associated with population change, climate change, falling world commodity prices and the increasing demand for public services at a local level.

    “It’s vital that we get it right, and that’s why we have produced these statutory plans.”

    Minister Hinchliffe last week travelled to Julia Creek to launch the Draft North West Queensland Regional Plan, which is open for community consultation until September 18.

    It focuses on meeting the challenges of providing energy, water and transport infrastructure, attracting and retaining skilled workers and their families, renewable energy options, value-added minerals processing, increasing tourism, and providing essential services to smaller centres.

    In February, the Government launched the The Far North Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031, which identifies enough developable land to accommodate future growth while protecting the region's environment, biodiversity and natural resources.