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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    New bodies to steer Growth Management agenda

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    New bodies to steer Growth Management agenda

    Two new bodies will act as the foundation stones of the Government’s Growth Management response said Premier Anna Bligh today.

    A new agency, Growth Management Queensland(GMQ) and a new Infrastructure Charges Taskforce have been established ahead of the Government’s official response to the Growth Management Summit.

    “These foundation stones are an important first step as we put the finishing touches to our comprehensive growth management response,” said the Premier.

    Ms Bligh said the Growth Management Queensland would be the nerve centre of the Government’s growth management agenda.

    “This new agency is charged with delivering a focused and coordinated approach to growth management in Queensland,” she said.

    “It will ensure that the Government’s regional planning for things like infrastructure and housing is closely aligned with our regionalisation policy.

    “It will be our Growth Management nerve centre co-ordinating land use planning, infrastructure delivery and economic development.

    “Expanding greenspace, open space and affordable housing will also be the responsibility of the new office.

    “I have appointed Paul Low, currently Associate Director General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, as the GMQ’s Chief Executive Officer and his office will have the powers needed to deliver on its mandate.”

    Ms Bligh said the immediate and urgent priorities of the Office of Growth Management include:

    ·Improvement of development approval processes in Queensland;

    ·Creation of delivery timetables for land supply, including greenfield sites;

    ·Accelerate development of infill sites and delivery of priority TOD precincts;

    ·Protect and improve liveability in our communities – for example by delivering more green space.

    The Premier said the new Infrastructure Charges Taskforce would look at how local governments deliver infrastructure for new development in Queensland.

    “It is clear that getting infrastructure charges right is a critical issue for housing affordability,” she said.

    “I firmly believe developers should continue to contribute to the significant costs of infrastructure - but I acknowledge that charges need to both simpler and more certain.

    “This issue has been a problem for too long. We need certainty and consistency and we are going to nail this once and for all.”

    Ms Bligh said the new taskforce would comprise some of our state’s best and brightest minds:

    ·John Mulcahy – former CEO of Suncorp Metway and one of Australia's foremost businessmen

    ·Chris Freeman – former CEO of Mirvac with more than 20 years experience in finance, with a focus upon property development

    ·Grant Dennis – Executive Chairman of Dennis Family Holdings, a family-owned builder and developer

    ·Jude Munro – the outgoing Chief Executive Officer of the Brisbane City Council

    ·Greg Hallam – Executive Director of the Local Government Association of Queensland.

    ·Alex Beavers – Deputy Under-Treasurer, Queensland Government and

    ·Paul Low, Chief Executive Officer of Growth Management Queensland

    “These two measures are foundation stones of a comprehensive response which I look forward to releasing soon,” said Ms Bligh.

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