Home' Future Building: The Australian Infrastructure Review : December 2011 Contents Hello Newman! Campbell brings the ‘Can Do’ approach to Queensland’s infrastructure
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You have also highlighted a need to
develop roads to mine infrastructure.
What do you see as the biggest
infrastructure bottlenecks for the
mining sector in Queensland and how
will your plan solve them?
Our policy identifies the four major resources
provinces – the Surat Basin, Bowen Basin, North
West Minerals Province and Galilee Basin – as key
cornerstones in developing Queensland’s economy.
We have identified an array of real actions
and investment needed to realise the potential of
these regions, ranging from elevating the role of
the Coordinator-General and approvals processes,
through to targeted investment in key ports,
railways and roads. We will work with industry and
communities to deliver real solutions.
What are your main social infra-
Social infrastructure is the key to delivering
quality of life to Queenslanders. We understand that
the Government must ensure that hospitals, schools
and community infrastructure meet those needs.
Unfortunately, under Labor we have seen
continued mismanagement and waste in government
processes that has left the delivery of social
infrastructure failing. The LNP will prioritise the
provision of social infrastructure such as schools and
hospitals, including through innovative and modern
How much does your infrastructure
plan cost and how will it be funded?
Building Queensland’s Future – Together sets out
the scale of Queensland’s infrastructure challenge.
An LNP government will work with the private
sector and other levels of government to deliver
projects at the right time matched to the right
How do you respond to criticism that
your infrastructure plan is too focused
on south-east Queensland?
Building Queensland’s Future – Together clearly
sets out priorities across the whole of the state.
The LNP understands that the needs of the south-
east corner must be balanced with the delivery of
infrastructure to regional Queensland, where much
of our wealth originates.
Assuming your party is elected, what
will the state’s infrastructure look
like in a decade? How important will
infrastructure development be to the
State’s recovery and debt-reduction?
The delivery of infrastructure is fundamental
to driving our state’s economic growth and the
delivery of services. It will be a primary policy
objective of an LNP government. We understand
that driving economic growth is the only way to
regain our financial strength, which is needed to
provide the social infrastructure and services that
We will be focused on getting the basics right and
delivering real infrastructure to all Queenslanders.
Campbell Newman could well be onto a
winner. His record as Lord Mayor stands him in
good stead and gives him a strong platform on
infrastructure. And he knows better than most
that good infrastructure projects lead to political
Queensland’s population growth, while slowing,
has created huge pressure to upgrade infrastructure,
especially in the transport and mining sectors. The
state’s south-east corner, in particular, badly needs
road and rail improvements. And the resource boom
is putting pressure on infrastructure in regional
cities, such as Mackay and Gladstone, where there
is a big influx of mining workers.
Newman says: ‘I am proud of my record as
Lord Mayor of Brisbane and the fact that Brisbane
residents have benefited from the delivery of real
infrastructure solutions that will address congestion
‘I put my hand up to run for Lord Mayor because
I was frustrated with the lack of infrastructure
investment. Congestion was getting worse due to
the lack of forward planning and delivery of vital
infrastructure. The infrastructure I delivered will
still be there for many decades, and will be widely
used as the south-east corner continues to grow.’
With so many complex infrastructure challenges,
Queenslanders could well be getting ready to see a
lot more of ‘Can Do Campbell’ after the election.
Tony Featherstone is a former managing editor
of BRW and Shares magazines.
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