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Friday, 29 April 2016


Queensland councils have welcomed the Federal Government’s plans for a unit dedicated to partnering with private investors on big-ticket city projects.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed his Smart Cities Plan today, committing $50 million to start major infrastructure works.

Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam said the announcement was encouraging for Queensland, which was in urgent need of infrastructure and economic investment.

“We welcome the interest of the Federal Government in cities,” he said.

“This is the level of government with the most financial capability and they recognise the economic benefits of investing in cities.

“The development of a unit within government to facilitate City Deals is a good thing.

“The LGAQ has investigated smart services and infrastructure that would work in Queensland and the advantages of investing in innovation are endless.”

The LGAQ this month presented a submission to the Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into the Role of Transport Connectivity on Stimulating Development and Economic Activity and recommended all levels of government do more to realise the benefits of value capture.

Mr Hallam said the government’s focus on cities was refreshing, given past federal administrations placed a stronger focus on regional centres.

“It’s a fundamental realignment of the Coalition’s policy,” he said.

“Over the past 20 years they have been supportive of regional policies but this is the first foray by a conservative government into cities and it is welcomed.”

Mr Hallam said the LGAQ would seek further details on the contribution local government would be required to make to the Smart Cities Plan and whether City Deals would lead to changes to taxation, regulatory and zoning arrangements.

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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