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

    PLANNING FOR PROSPERITY TO UNLOCK POTENTIAL

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

    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    PLANNING FOR PROSPERITY TO UNLOCK POTENTIAL

    The Newman Government today unveiled a new planning policy to unlock the full potential of the state’s four pillar economic policy.

    The Deputy Premier and the Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the new Planning for Prosperity policy was an important move to restoring Queensland’s economic fortunes.

    “Planning policies and regulation are key factors in future growth, development and economic prosperity,” Mr Seeney said.

    Mr Seeney said the Planning for Prosperity policy would provide a clear statement of the position of the Government on the importance of agriculture, construction, mining and tourism to Queensland and how they must be considered in the planning process.

    “This is Queensland’s first positive, enabling planning policy in recent times, which will ensure economic growth that is not adversely affected by planning processes,” he said.

    “In essence it will ensure that state agencies and councils must ensure that economic development considerations are a fundamental planning consideration in this state.

    “Its aim is to speed – not impede - development.

    “This policy position has not previously been made clear in the state planning system which, under the previous Government, was more about process than outcomes.”

    Mr Seeney said this will provide greater focus for councils to approve developments that will produce positive economic gains.

    “The policy also reinforces the Newman Government’s commitments to ensuring planning regulations do not add un-necessary costs to development, eliminate gold plating of infrastructure and encourages innovative solutions to facilitate development,” he said.

    “This is a simple policy not weighed down by processes or prescriptive requirements.”

    Temporary State Planning Policy will be gazetted and come into effect tomorrow.

    This policy will be in effect for 12 months and form the basis for a new State Planning Policy which will be released for public comment in October and should be adopted early next year.

    Mr Seeney said it will replace the current batch of policies that have been developed in an ad hoc manner over the past twenty years.

    “This is a key stride in this government’s determination to ensure that Queensland is again open for business – it will facilitate growth, development and economic activity,” he said.

    [ENDS] 23 August 2012 Media Contact: John Wiseman – 3224 4600