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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Budget is building a better Queensland

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Tuesday, June 08, 2010

    Budget is building a better Queensland

    This year’s budget will fund a $17.1 billion capital works program that supports 106,000 jobs.

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said job creation and the provision of new infrastructure would continue to be the central theme in the 2010-11 State Budget.

    “The State Government is positioning Queensland for future growth as we head towards a disciplined economic recovery,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “My portfolio has more than $486 million in capital spending for the next twelve months to continue an ambitious infrastructure and planning program that creates jobs.

    “This includes more than $82 million to acquire and develop land for future industrial use.

    “My department has a substantial role to facilitate Queensland’s future industrial growth and does so for large-scale operations by establishing and managing State Development Areas.

    “This financial year we will concentrate on the Gladstone, Abbot Point and Townsville State development Areas as well as infrastructure corridors from Callide to Gladstone and Stanwell to Gladstone.

    “Through the Property Services Group we also step in, where needed, to address market shortfalls by providing appropriately zoned and competitively priced industrial land for smaller scale industries.

    “Estates at Charlton, Coolum, Mackay, Ipswich, Townsville and Mount Isa will all benefit from further funding this financial year.

    “This is vital to ensure new communities have access to much needed local jobs.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said other key projects in the regions would continue to encourage growth away from South East Queensland.

    “Funding of $6.48 million will be available for the Whitsunday Coast Airport upgrade during 2010-11, keeping it on track to be completed by the end of 2010,” he said.

    “The Whitsunday Coast Airport welcomes over 130,000 people a year on tours, transfers and adventure flights.

    “A revamped Whitsunday Coast Airport will be a real boost for both international and domestic tourists, providing a more functional and comfortable terminal for the visitors to the region.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said Toowoomba Aerodrome would also receive funding of $4.7 million.

    “This funding will assist in the extending and upgrading of the existing main runway and improving the airport layout,’’ he said.

    “This will allow better access for medical, emergency, passenger and commercial aircraft.”

    The State Government has also announced further funding of over $1.8 million towards maintenance and support of Smart eDA; the new user-friendly online service for preparing and lodging planing applications.

    This new online service has streamlined the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS). Making IDAS forms available online has benefited applicants and councils by improving accessibility, accuracy and speed of communications.

    From September 2010, plumbing applications may be lodged through the Smart eDA service with one-off payments of $10 per application.

    This provides excellent value for preparing, lodging and tracking plumbing applications through a 24/7 online service.

    Mr Hinchliffe said Mackay’s showgrounds would also benefit from the Budget with $5 million for upgrades.

    “The showgrounds are no longer earmarked as an Urban Development Area so an overall revamp at the existing site can now forge ahead,” he said.

    “This funding will contribute significantly to the current facilities at the showgrounds site.”

    The Urban Land Development Authority gains more than $3.3m extra for further work at Fitzgibbon.

    Funding for the remaining SEQ Water Grid projects will top $315 million in 2010-11 with $202 million for the Northern Pipeline Interconnector Stage 2 and $105 million for the Wyaralong Dam among other projects.

    There is also $115 million for ongoing Airport Link work.

    “The construction of the Airport Link commenced in 2008,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The project, including land acquisition is well on its way to being completed by mid-2012.”

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