Long-term vision drives Department of Infrastructure and Planning restructure
Sustaining growth across Queensland with better services for regions, councils and communities has prompted a Department of Infrastructure and Planning restructure.
Director-General Colin Jensen today revealed a streamlined new Department of Infrastructure and Planning with three main groups to deliver services to Queenslanders.
“These changes will provide added flexibility so the Department of Infrastructure and Planning can ensure sustainable growth for the next five years and beyond,” Mr Jensen said.
“Our priority remains to shape and lead local, regional and state economic, environmental and social development.
“This new organisation will be effective from next Monday and will be better able to consolidate strategic policy across the department and improve regional services.
“The key change is a new Local Government and Planning Group that will be responsible for delivering strategic projects and planning services.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues in this new structure as we forge a sustainable and prosperous future for all Queenslanders in the state’s towns, cities and regions.”
The department will now have five regional head offices, at Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Brisbane/Ipswich and Toowoomba, which replicate the five regions into which the department divides its work. Area offices will also service their local communities.
Another change is a move of the South East Queensland Water Grid program of works into the Infrastructure and Economic Development (IED) Group, for added responsiveness and project delivery demands.
The restructure confirms the transition of the LNG Industry Unit from the department to the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.
An innovation within the IED Group is the establishment of a commercial unit to work across the organisation, reflecting Coordinator-General developments.
An expanded Office of the Director-General, incorporating an Associate Director-General and Deputy Coordinator-General, will provide more expertise, capacity and support to deliver critical government initiatives.
The department’s Strategy and Governance Group will continue to offer strategic policy and legislation functions and provide operational and executive support.
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