Talking Politics

Fresh plan to supercharge Queensland regions

Families and businesses across the state will benefit from the release of the Queensland Government’s strong plan to create jobs and prosperity in regional communities. Our government recognises that Queensland’s regions are the economic powerhouse of the state, with more than $140 billion worth of output produced outside Brisbane in 2010-11.  Since we were elected in 2012, our government has restored respect for the important role that regional Queenslanders play in driving our state’s economy.   Read more...

Landmark laws resolve disputes

Farming families and resource companies now have an easier method of resolving land disputes after the commencement of landmark laws. The Regional Planning Interests Act 2014 has introduced a clear process to assess mining and gas developments, creating certainty for the agriculture and resource industries and delivering on a key election promise. The new process restores balance, creates an incentive for agreements to be reached and a disincentive for court action.   Read more...

Galilee rail zone reduced by 94 per cent

The State Government has taken the next step in unlocking the resource-rich Galilee Basin and creating up to 28,000 Queensland jobs by officially declaring the Galilee Basin State Development Area.  After extensive consultation, Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General has made the declaration to support the development of two multi-use rail corridors that could service up to six potential mines. Labor was set to allow each one of these operators to build their own rail line to the coast creating a 2,600-kilometre spaghetti of rail tracks that would have crossed thousands of Galilee Basin properties. We have told resource proponents they can access just two corridors totalling 690 kilometres – one from the southern and one from the central end of the Basin.   Read more...

Budget debate: Strong plan vs no plan

This week’s debate on the Budget in State Parliament showed yet again that only the Newman Government has a strong plan for a brighter future for Queensland. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the Government had clearly articulated its plan while the Opposition had offered no new ideas.  “The Government has put forward a budget that carefully balances increased funding for health, education and community services, without the introduction of any new taxes or reductions in services,” Mr Nicholls said. “We are delivering on our promise to revitalise frontline services for Queenslanders.    Read more...

Community grants made easy

Community organisations will soon find it easier to apply for Community Benefit Fund grants of up to $35,000 thanks to a new, simple, one stop process. Four funding programs will be merged into one and the level of funding standardised. This will take the guesswork out of the grants process, which will make life much easier for eligible community groups.   Read more...

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