Economic development and job creation
Treasurer Curtis Pitt recently chaired a meeting of the government's Working Queensland Cabinet Committee in Maryborough, to discuss local opportunities for economic development and job creation. Mr Pitt also addressed a forum on the governments, Market-Led Proposals (MLP) an initiative to fast-track jobs and business ideas within Queensland.
Working with business and industry leaders the initiative is hoping to attract new investment to regions like the Fraser Coast that is hoped to stimulate further jobs growth.
The MLP forum was a chance for regional business operators to be briefed on the program initiated in the 2015 State Budget that was helping to develop ideas for new projects or services in the shortest possible time.
The idea is to save time and money in developing submissions before being lodged. Proposals are subject to an initial assessment and if successful, will proceed to a detailed assessment, and finally approval. Four MLPs representing more than $665 million in investment and generating more than 1300 jobs had moved to the detailed assessment stage:
- $450 million investment in the Logan Motorway Enhancement.
- $100 million investment in the Queensland Aquarium and Maritime Museum.
- $100 million investment in the Brisbane International Cruise Ship Terminal.
- It plans to develop a world-class Queensland Driver Excellence Centre, including a $15 million upgrade of the Mt Cotton Driver Training Centre.
“The MLP initiative shows the Palaszczuk Government is in the business of creating jobs and working with the private sector to facilitate good ideas and that means more investment, a growing economy and jobs now and for the future,” said Treasurer Curtis Pitt.
The MLP initiative is a step in the right direction, and the continued investment will hopefully ensure activity levels remain high in individual sectors like construction, engineering and architecture.
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