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 Friday, June 4, 2010

The Department of Infrastructure and Planning’s ability to keep the state sustainable has been enhanced by an influential new cross-government growth management body.

Growth Management Queensland (GMQ) has joined the department to lead a coordinated approach to the development of growth policies. Its chief executive is Paul Low, a former Associate Director-General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Last week Premier Anna Bligh announced a new six-point course for the state based on the official response to the Queensland Growth Management Summit.

The response, Shaping Tomorrow’s Queensland, commits the government to six priorities underpinning all its growth management strategies.

Shaping Tomorrow’s Queensland focuses on shaping our future, strengthening our regions, promoting liveable and affordable communities, delivering infrastructure, protecting our lifestyle and environment and connecting communities.

These themes will be supported by 22 new initiatives and 25 new supporting actions to manage growth across the whole state.

Although the 47 initiatives and actions will be shared across state agencies, the Department of Infrastructure and Planning builds on its existing regional planning strengths with a broader growth management role.

Department of Infrastructure and Planning Director-General Colin Jensen said the establishment of GMQ would bring new tasks for the department.

“Growth Management Queensland is an entirely new direction for the department but there is no doubt it will complement our existing strengths,” Mr Jensen said.

“The branch will be charged with better links between land use planning, infrastructure delivery, economic development and environmental asset issues.

“Shaping Tomorrow’s Queensland is a massive body of work and many milestones are due in the next 18 months so we have plenty of work ahead of us.

“I look forward to working closely with Paul and his team so population growth can be managed in way which retains our lifestyle and harnesses the future opportunities.”

 GMQ’s immediate tasks will be to:

  • Improve development approval processes in Queensland;
  • Create delivery timetables for land supply, including greenfield sites;
  • Accelerate development of infill sites and delivery of priority TOD precincts;
  • Protect and improve liveability in our communities – for example by delivering more green space.

To help deliver on these goals a new Government Planner role has been created in GMQ and Gary White has been appointed to this senior position.

The other major change for the Department of Infrastructure and Planning is that Associate Director-General Michael Kinnane, a former chief executive, returns to lead the Local Government Services group.

Mr Kinnane will play a pivotal role as the State Government interacts with Queensland’s 73 councils, continues work to enhance their capacity and delivers ongoing local government legislative reform.

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Media contact:  Chris Bishop, Media Manager, 07 3405 5449