Seeney: RegionsQ is first step in supercharging regions
NINE projects of regional significance will form the cornerstone of the government's plan to create jobs and boost prosperity in towns and cites across the state.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, who launched the RegionsQ initiative on Wednesday, said it signalled the first step in the government's plan to supercharge regional economies.
RegionsQ identifies six priority targets including planning for development, infrastructure services, making it easier to do business, capitalising on economic drivers, attracting and retaining people and communicating and promoting the regions' potential.
Mr Seeney said after community consultation there would be plan put in place to manage projects of regional significance located in various communities across the state.
He said regional centres contribute more than $140 billion towards the state's economy annually.
Declared projects include the North-West Minerals Province, Galilee Basin Development, Coopers Basin Development, Gulf Rivers Agricultural Zone, Burdekin Catchment Development, Charlton-Wellcamp Precinct near Toowoomba, Cairns Airport Aviation and Commercial Precinct, Springfield Health Precinct and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Kawana Health Precincts.
"The first key initiative of the RegionsQ Framework will be the whole-of-government management of projects of regional significance," he said.
"Proponents involved in development projects identified as having a significant economic benefit to a specific region will now only have one case manager to deal with for all aspects of government involvement.
"This single point of contact will reduce turnaround times and lead to the faster deployment of all available government-support mechanisms."
Mr Seeney said 11 RegionsQ forums will be held around regional Queensland over the coming months.
"These forums will give us the opportunity to provide more information about the framework, and seek feedback from regional Queenslanders and stakeholders on the RegionsQ priorities and how they can contribute," he said.
"We are genuinely committed to making regional Queensland an even better place to live, work, invest and raise a family."
The RegionsQ Action Plan will be released in early next year.