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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh


    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Thursday, October 07, 2010


    Premier Anna Bligh has announced more infrastructure jobs for Gladstone on a project that will support future economic growth in the city.

    Ms Bligh said the State Government has approved the construction phase of a $10 million project to define a 25km strategic pipeline and services corridor for the future industries of Gladstone.

    “Work will begin next week on a 9km section from Gladstone Port to the Aldoga Industrial Precinct,” said the Premier today.

    “This construction phase will involve earthworks and the building of an access road to deliver a strategic infrastructure link and certainty of access for industry in the Gladstone State Development Area.

    “The project is a key piece of enabling infrastructure for industrial land in the Gladstone State Development Area.

    “It will attract international investment and attention – further boosting the Gladstone region.”

    The Premier said the 110m wide corridor will accommodate pipelines associated with future projects including the Rio Tinto Yarwun Alumina Refinery expansion and the Stanwell Gladstone Water Pipeline.

    “These projects are expected to provide additional jobs and further boost the economic growth of the region,” she said.

    “It is expected that construction of the corridor will be finished in six months and create employment for up to 30 people.

    “But by providing an essential services corridor for the Gladstone SDA this project has the potential to support many thousands of jobs into the future.”

    The Premier said that the tender was complete and civil contractor BMD constructions are making preparations to commence construction on October 11.

    “This project supports the Government’s Q2 strong ambition for the State’s economy by providing investment in infrastructure that anticipates growth,” she said.

    “A key outcome from the Queensland Growth Management Summit was the need to encourage population growth in our regions to relieve the pressure on SEQ.

    “This project means jobs and economic growth in Gladstone and that is the greatest incentive there is to encourage people to live in this vibrant part of Queensland.”

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