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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Planning for Gladstone’s future

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Tuesday, October 05, 2010

    Planning for Gladstone’s future

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe and Gladstone’s Acting Mayor Councillor Gail Sellers have announced the completion of the Social Infrastructure Strategic Plan (SISP) and the release of the Draft Voluntary Industry Contributions Framework today.

    Mr Hinchliffe said the Draft Voluntary Industry Contributions Framework would guide future industry investment in community facilities. He said a Gladstone Foundation would be established to ensure funds were allocated in a structured way.

    “The Gladstone Social Infrastructure Strategic Plan was completed some weeks ago and since then the Government has been considering its response,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “I can now announce the release of the Draft Voluntary Industry Contributions Framework as an outcome of this study.

    “The primary purpose of this draft document is to propose, in partnership with the Gladstone Regional Council, the Gladstone community and industry, to establish a perpetual trust to be known as the Gladstone Foundation.

    “It is proposed that the Gladstone Foundation will operate for the long-term as a mechanism for managing and allocating industry contributions for the community.

    “It will regularly consider the Draft Voluntary Industry Contributions Framework on criteria based on viability, demonstrated need and compatibility with industry requirements.’’

    Acting Mayor Sellers said the Queensland Government’s proposal to establish the Gladstone Foundation as a regionally based pooled industry fund was essential to SISP’s success.

    “From a Gladstone Regional Council perspective I want to ensure community concerns about social impacts are properly addressed and see the Gladstone region benefit from major resource and energy projects currently in the planning stage,’’ Cr Sellers said.

    “I urge major companies to get behind the Gladstone Foundation and help to implement  investment priorities in social infrastructure across the region.’’

    The Bligh Government is committed to the communities that will underpin this development.

    As part of this commitment, the Government joined Gladstone Regional Council in January 2009 to develop a strategic social study for Gladstone.

    Mr Hinchliffe said the Foundation would be governed by a board including community, industry and government representatives and contributions would be managed by the Queensland Public Trustee.

    He said the Foundation offered industry and the community of Gladstone the best return on contributions and investment in social infrastructure.

    The establishment of the Foundation will be supported by the Department of Infrastructure and Planning and stakeholders will now be consulted in relation to the detail of the Foundation’s creation, board and membership.

    Mr Hinchliffe said the secondary purpose of the framework was to give an indication to major project proponents planning to establish large scale development in the region. He said this direction would ensure these companies invested in social infrastructure that benefitted the community.

    “The Draft Voluntary Industry Contributions Framework provides the private sector with a broad range of social infrastructure projects for possible investment – projects which have been identified by the local community,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The Bligh Government is committed to building tomorrow’s Queensland and to strengthening our regions.

    “This plan puts the future of Gladstone in the hands of local people so that investment from industry reflects their needs.’’

    The Draft Voluntary Industry Contributions Framework and the Gladstone Social Infrastructure Strategic Plan can be viewed at http://www.dip.qld.gov.au/reports/gladstone-region-social-infrastructure-strategic-plan.html

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