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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh
    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Planning underway for three new communities for South East Queensland

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Monday, September 27, 2010

    Planning underway for three new communities for South East Queensland

    Three new South East Queensland communities with the potential to deliver up to 120,000 new homes and relieve population pressures on metropolitan areas have moved a step closer today as Cabinet endorsed them as Urban Development Areas.

    Premier Anna Bligh said the Cabinet endorsement meant an impending declaration would see significant progression for the planned communities at Ripley Valley, Greater Flagstone and Yarrabilba which represent 15 per cent of the housing demanded needed in the south east corner over the next two decades.

    Ms Bligh said the UDAs for the communities located in the western and south western growth corridors were that latest of nine new planned communities announced in the six months since the Growth Management Summit .

    She said not only would the planned communities offer Queenslanders affordable and green housing but in the process would create thousands of jobs in the construction industry.

    “These new communities are in direct response to our government’s Growth Summit which identified the need to develop strategic growth centres to tackle the housing availability and affordability issues and take pressure off of our coastal areas,” Ms Bligh said.

    “These UDAs are one more step in meeting those needs.

    “Early release precincts have been identified within each of these three planned communities for up to 2,400 dwellings and development may commence within the next 12 months, particularly within the Ripley Valley.

    “One of the biggest challenges in developing these areas will be the timely delivery and integration of infrastructure, including public transport.

    “The provision of early public transport services is crucial in these areas so an interim infrastructure program is being devised to ensure that these early release precincts have the appropriate infrastructure.

    “Further work will be undertaken through the planning process to make sure that future infrastructure requirements can be met as these new communities continue to grow.

    “We are working closely with local councils, state agencies and land owners and will continue to do so as these communities take shape.”

    The Ripley Valley UDA covers an area of about 4,680 hectares adjacent to existing urban development in the southern outskirts of the Ipswich area, about six kilometres from the Ipswich CBD.

    The 7,188ha Flagstone UDA is dominated by rural and rural-residential development and is about 40 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD. The Yarrabilba UDA covers about 2,222 hectares about 45 kilometres south of the Brisbane CBD.

    Following the declarations, the ULDA has 12 months to prepare development schemes for the areas.

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said while development was necessary to manage growth, environmental protection was also paramount.

    “The ULDA will be working to ensure that development in the three new communities will protect the ecological values and natural systems and maintain and enhance significant vegetation, including the retention of vegetation where possible,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “Any development will also incorporate koala conservation and habitat protection in a way that contributes to a net increase in protected koala habitat and assists in the long term viability of koala populations.”

    ULDA CEO Paul Eagles said the planning work the ULDA was undertaking would also focus on employment to ensure new developments were vibrant and viable communities.

    “The delivery of employment is a key requirement in each of the communities,’’ Mr Eagles said.

    “Employment and training opportunities are encouraged in the early stages of development to ensure a level of local jobs and services.”

    “Current and future jobs capacity assessment indicates a total of 210,000 jobs being created from 2010 to 2031.

    “We will also be undertaking a comprehensive community development strategy to identify what community infrastructure will be needed in these areas and how this can be delivered.

    “The government has also set affordable housing targets to ensure that the communities which are delivered contain a diversity of housing to meet the changing needs of people, including people looking for their first homes, families starting out and people wanting to downsize.’’

    A significant community consultation program will be undertaken as part of the preparation of these schemes.

    Media:

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning: 07 3224 4600

    Premier’s Office: 07 3224 4500