Tens of billions of dollars worth of resource projects are either being built or under investigation in the Gladstone region.
The social impacts of these projects will need to be managed, for example through the provision of more resource-industry-funded social infrastructure to meet the needs of growing communities.
In 2010 the Gladstone Economic and Industry Development Board, Gladstone Regional Council and the former Department of Infrastructure and Planning completed the Social Infrastructure Strategic Plan for the Gladstone region.
The plan identifies the region's current and future social infrastructure needs; and helps governments and industry make better-informed decisions about future investments in the region.
Voluntary industry contributions framework
The Social Infrastructure Strategic Plan for the Gladstone region led to the development of the Draft Gladstone Region Social Infrastructure - Voluntary Industry Contributions Framework.
The framework is intended to guide industry investment in social infrastructure, ensuring voluntary industry contributions are directed to areas of greatest need.
The framework's priorities and recommended actions are based on:
- review of previous studies
- audit of existing social infrastructure
- benchmarking against regions of comparable size
- community feedback.
The framework is a 'living' document that can be revised as priorities change.
For a copy of the framework, contact the department
Established as a perpetual trust in February 2011, the Gladstone Foundation manages resource project proponents' voluntary financial contributions towards the provision of social infrastructure in the Gladstone region.
The trustee of the foundation is the Public Trustee of Queensland, who has ultimate responsibility for the investment and distribution of foundation funds.
The foundation's primary purpose is to provide a structured approach to the allocation of funding that achieves the best return on investment in social infrastructure.
Board of advice
A board of advice has been established to make recommendations to the Public Trustee of Queensland on the investment and distribution of funds.
The board comprises representatives of:
- local business
- Gladstone Regional Council
- Office of the Coordinator-General.
The chair of the board is independent of government and the foundation's key stakeholder groups.
Gladstone Region Community Development Committee
The Gladstone Region Community Development Committee assists the board of advice by reviewing, validating and providing costings for the region's social infrastructure priorities.
The committee also identifies investment opportunities and potential partnerships between community, government and industry.
It comprises representatives of regionally based state and local government social infrastructure providers and non-government community service groups.
What is social infrastructure?
Social infrastructure comprises:
- community facilities, such as schools, hospitals, police/fire/ambulance stations, child-care centres, sport, recreation and cultural facilities and social housing
- community services, including health, children's, family, aged care, disability, employment and training services
- initiatives that build greater community capacity to meet social needs and utilise facilities to help significantly disadvantaged people.
For more information about the social infrastructure strategic plan or Gladstone Foundation, telephone 13 25 23 or +61 7 3404 6999.
For more information about the Gladstone Region Community Development Committee, contact the Gladstone Regional Council.