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Queensland infrastructure plans applauded.



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KELVIN THOMSON

Media Release from the Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Roads, Shadow Minister for Housing and Urban Development (60/05)

SE QUEENSLAND INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN APPLAUDED

The South East Queensland Infrastructure plan announced today by the Beattie Government is the most comprehensive example of urban development planning in recent Australian history.

Politicians are often accused of having a three-year, election-cycle mentality but this plan looks ahead for a decade and its impact will be positively felt by future generations of Queenslanders.

The Queensland Government’s ten year vision dwarfs the Commonwealth’s AusLink program and stands in stark contrast to the Howard Government’s neglect of urban planning and infrastructure development throughout their term of office.

Urban development directly impacts on the liveability of our cities.

The Howard Government is quite rightly being criticised for its total failure to embark on a strategic planning process. Respected organisations such as the Business Council of Australia, the Property Council of Australia and the Planning Institute of Australia have joined the ranks of other key lobbies to call for a national planning and infrastructure framework.

The Howard Government to date has only been interested in responding to crises in particular regions or providing election sweeteners. Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson has repeatedly ruled out the establishment of a National Infrastructure Advisory Council despite considerable momentum toward this end from business, transport, urban and planning organisations.

The Queensland Government has set down a new benchmark in urban development planning to deal with population growth and infrastructure requirements. The Howard Government and other State Governments should study it closely with a view to developing their own comprehensive, ten-year urban development plans.

/Ends Melbourne 27/04/2005 Contact: Cora Trevarthen 0418-770 484