Welcome from Director-General Michael Schaumburg

As the new Director-General for the Department of State Development, I am honoured to have the privilege to work with our stakeholders to deliver the government's priorities.

One of my first tasks was involvement in the announcement of the preferred proponent for Queen's Wharf Brisbane.

This brand new major precinct is poised to be transformational for Brisbane. It will create massive economic development opportunities for Queensland with the creation of up to 3000 jobs during construction and 8000 ongoing jobs. As the new Projects Chief Executive, David Edwards will provide high-level leadership and successfully negotiate complex project elements for the Queen's Wharf Brisbane's development.

The multi-million dollar project will provide iconic infrastructure that will enhance Brisbane's place on the international stage. What's more, in a sign of the state's welcoming business environment, Echo Entertainment will be relocating their headquarters to Queensland. You can read more about Queen's Wharf Brisbane.

Moving forward, the department will continue to partner with and advocate for the needs of business and industry to ensure real, measurable outcomes including jobs, community development and regional growth.

You will continue to receive updates from the Department of State Development on key Queensland Government initiatives aimed at encouraging economic development and attracting investment in Queensland. To ensure you don't miss out I encourage you to check your subscription is up to date and amend your profile if necessary.

For those savvy with social media, the department recently launched a suite of social media channels to help keep industry and business informed. For the very latest news about key departmental initiatives, events and project announcements you can follow, like and share our posts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Just click on the links below, start following us and enjoy our latest newsfeed at your finger-tips.

I look forward to working with our stakeholders and meeting with representatives from key industries over the coming months as we get on with the job of growing the state's economy.

Update your profile

Building our Regions round 1 is open

Round 1 of the $200 million Building our Regions program is now open.

Building our Regions will help create jobs, support economic development and ensure critical infrastructure is delivered in regional Queensland.

The Building our Regions program is comprised of four focused funds:

  1. Regional Capital Fund ($70 million over two years)
  2. Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund ($55 million over two years)
  3. Remote Communities Infrastructure Fund ($15 million over two years)
  4. Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) ($60 million).

These funds will support projects that address current infrastructure constraints for communities and business and can act as catalysts to regional economic growth and generating jobs.

Critical infrastructure funded will include:

  • transport infrastructure (e.g. airports, marine infrastructure and roads*)
  • flood mitigation infrastructure (e.g. levees and drainage works)
  • critical community infrastructure (e.g. water, waste water and sewerage).

*Road projects will be primarily funded by TIDS. Applications for road projects will be accepted under the three other funds, although they will be deemed a lower priority.

To ensure the program addresses the needs of resource-producing communities and other regional communities, the Regional Capital Fund, Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund and Remote Communities Infrastructure Fund, are only open to eligible applicants outside of urban South East Queensland.

Building our Regions will also prioritise partnership projects that include funding commitments from local governments, the Australian Government, industry/business and community groups.

Round 1 of the program closes at 5pm on Friday 11 September 2015.

Find out more about the Building our Regions program.

Office of the Coordinator-General projects update

The Office of the Coordinator-General (OCG) continues to improve the assessment, delivery and coordination of the large-scale infrastructure projects that drive the economic growth of Queensland.

Presently, the public are invited to have their say on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for two proposed projects:

  1. to raise Eden Bann Weir and build a new weir at Rookwood on the Fitzroy River, Central Queensland, and
  2. the China Stone Coal project proposal to establish a new thermal coal mine in the northern Galilee Basin.

The $495 million proposal by the Gladstone Area Water Board and Sunwater Limited has the potential to capture 76,000 megalitres per annum of unallocated water resources available in the Fitzroy River.

If the project proceeds it will provide a source of employment for the region with a peak construction workforce of 150 people during the proposed two-year construction phase, and help meet the future demand for water in the Rockhampton, Gladstone and Capricorn Coast regions.

Submissions on this proposal can be made until 5pm, 31 August 2015.

The China Stone Coal project is located approximately 300km west of Mackay. It involves the construction and operation of a greenfield open-pit and underground thermal coal mine within a 20,000 hectare mining lease area.

Once operational, it will have the capacity to produce up to 38 million tonnes of product coal per annum and contribute $5.9 billion in revenue through coal royalties over 50 years.

Submissions to the China Stone Coal project can be made until 5pm, 7 September 2015.

The public are also invited to have their say on the draft Terms of Reference for Stanbroke's Three Rivers Irrigation Project, a proposed $200 million cotton project in the Gulf that will potentially create up to 100 construction jobs over three years and 75 operational jobs at peak production.

Stanbroke is seeking approval to extract a further 122,000 megalitres of water per year from the lower Flinders River to irrigate the cotton. This is on top of the 28,800 megalitres they already hold.

The draft Terms of Reference is the first step in a rigorous environmental assessment process and submissions are open until 5pm, 31 August 2015.

Finally, Lindeman Great Barrier Reef Resort Project was declared as a coordinated project on 19 May 2015. White Horse Australia Lindeman Pty Ltd propose to revive the island getaway in the Whitsundays as an integrated resort, with the capacity to create more than 800 constructions jobs a year over the four-year construction period and 300 ongoing operational jobs.

Public consultation on the draft Terms of Reference for the proposed $600 million redevelopment was undertaken last month and the Coordinator-General is now reviewing the draft, along with submissions in order to produce the final Terms of Reference.

Destination Brisbane Consortium wins Queen's Wharf Brisbane prize

The Destination Brisbane Consortium has won the right to develop the multi-billion dollar Queen's Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development in Brisbane's CBD.

This decision will mark the largest staged construction development in the city of Brisbane since the evolution of South Bank 30 years ago.

David Edwards, Projects Executive Officer will lead the state's Integrated Resort Developments and have oversight of this significant project.

The development over a nine hectare site will provide economic development opportunities for Queensland with the creation of around 8000 new jobs.

The Destination Brisbane Consortium includes Echo Entertainment Group, Far East Consortium (Australia) and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises.

Some of the key highlights from the Destination Brisbane Consortium proposal include:

  • an iconic signature 'Arc' building with a feature Sky Deck containing restaurants and bars
  • five new premium hotel brands – three 6-star venues including the Ritz Carlton and Rosewood
  • a new pedestrian bridge to South Bank
  • three residential towers
  • around 50 food and beverage outlets
  • a riverfront moonlight cinema
  • a Queensland Hotel and Hospitality School with TAFE Queensland

Site works are anticipated to commence in 2017.

View the Destination Brisbane consortium's proposal.

Find out more about Queen's Wharf Brisbane.

Abbot Point port expansion EIS

The department's work on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Abbot Point Growth Gateway is well advanced, with public consultation launching soon.

The Port of Abbot Point expansion is critical to the development of our next generation of coal mines in the Galilee Basin and the jobs they will create across Queensland.

If approved, this project will enable the port's capacity to increase from 50 to 120 million tonnes per annum, to meet export requirements from the Galilee Basin.

At peak construction, the Abbot Point Growth Gateway project is expected to create up to 155 jobs for construction and dredging works. It is anticipated that the majority of this workforce will be sourced locally and housed in towns around Abbot Point, including Bowen, providing a much-needed economic boost to these communities.

In the meantime, public consultation on the draft EIS is expected to begin shortly.

Visit our website or follow us on Twitter: @abbotpoint for the latest information.

New era for sustainable development of Queensland's major ports

On 3 June, the Queensland Government introduced the Sustainable Ports Development Bill 2015 into State Parliament.

The proposed legislation will provide greater protection of the reef in a highly considered way that also meets the government's commitment to grow Queensland's economy, jobs and regions.

The Bill foreshadows a new era for the sustainable development of the state's major, long established bulk commodity ports – the priority ports of Gladstone, Abbot Point, Townsville and Hay Point/Mackay. Read more about what's in the Bill.

The Bill implements key port related commitments of the Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050), the most comprehensive plan ever developed to secure the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef for generations to come.

The proposed legislation demonstrates the strength of the Queensland Government's commitment to implement Reef 2050 actions and UNESCO World Heritage Committee recommendations.

On 1 July 2015, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided not to list the Great Barrier Reef as β€˜in danger' and the introduction of the Bill is acknowledged to have had a positive impact on this decision.

The Port of Gladstone is the subject of a pilot master planning process and the first step in the process is determining the port master planned area.

Public consultation was conducted on the proposed boundary for the Gladstone port master planned area and a draft guideline on determining the proposed boundary from 9 June 2015 to 20 July 2015. Submissions are currently being reviewed.

Master planning starts for Abbot Point later this year, and current plans will see this process start early next year for Townsville and Hay Point/Mackay.

A draft guideline for port master planning is being developed and will be finalised pending the outcome of parliamentary processes on the Bill.

Find out more at www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/sustainableports

Showcasing the best of Queensland's regions

Brisbane has experienced the best of regional Queensland over two big days on 12 and 13 June at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Regional Queensland Showcase highlighted investment opportunities, jobs, housing and lifestyle benefits available to those considering a move to regional Queensland.

Kicking off the showcase on Friday 12 June, the Building Our Regions Lunch featured a keynote presentation by Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham, as well as a panel discussion with key business leaders driving regional Queensland growth. Following lunch, a program of business and investment seminars allowed showcase attendees to hear directly from regional experts.

On Saturday's community day, attendees enjoyed regional displays, musical performances, fishing demonstrations, prizes and giveaways, celebrity appearances and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chef Alastair McLeod - all demonstrating how regional Queensland is a great place to live, work, learn and invest.

The showcase's headline act, Rockhampton musical duo Busby Marou, represented their region proudly by performing two amazing sets and spending time on the Fitzroy and Central Queensland display to meet and greet attendees.

Event MC Rupert McCall also debuted 'The Regional Express', a poem written exclusively for the showcase.

The event resulted in many genuine enquiries from South East Queensland families looking to move to regional Queensland.

Find out more about the Regional Queensland Showcase.

Commonwealth Games Village final designs released

Final designs have been revealed for the Parklands Project at Southport, which will provide accommodation and services to 6500 athletes and officials for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Queensland Government selected private developer Grocon to redevelop 7 of the 29 hectare Parklands site as a mixed community which incorporates 1170 one and two-bedroom apartments and 82 townhouses.

The Commonwealth Games Village is the catalyst project for one of the largest urban renewal projects ever undertaken on the Gold Coast. It is expected to inject an estimated $550 million into the local economy, creating up to 1500 jobs during design and construction.

View the final design images and flythrough, and find out more about the project on the department's website.

Queensland Government