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    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Gladstone Economic and Industry Development Board abolished

    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Tuesday, June 26, 2012

    Gladstone Economic and Industry Development Board abolished

    The Gladstone Economic and Industry Development Board (GEIDB) will be abolished on 30 June 2012 as part of government-wide reforms to cut red tape and improve the overall efficiency of the public sector.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the move would instantly save $700,000 per annum from the Coordinator-General’s advance—funds which could be diverted to high priority government services.

    “The Board’s functions are established by regulation under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971,” Mr Seeney said.

    “Six of the eight-strong Board members are State and local government representatives.

    “We have put the GEIDB under the microscope and it is clear the functions being performed can now be done more efficiently by a government department.

    “We recognise the State needs to become leaner and more administratively efficient in its non-core government activities.

    “Often, the the rationalisation of government bodies leads to improved efficiency and responsiveness.

    “These benefits are not always readily translated into cash savings, but they will have a lasting, positive effect on service delivery.

    “However, due to the unprecedented growth expected in the Gladstone region, there is a need for more locally-based informal consultative and coordination mechanisms to look at regional development, infrastructure and project facilitation.

    “I have asked the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning to progress on this basis.”

    [ENDS] 25 June 2012

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