Queensland Infrastructure Plan welcomed by businesses

Thursday 3 November, 2011 | Tags: Infrastructure and Planning

Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has today welcomed the release of Queensland’s first state-wide Infrastructure Plan.

CCIQ President David Goodwin said the Plan was a positive step forward in ensuring Queensland’s infrastructure networks could meet the needs of the growing population and economy.

“Queensland’s infrastructure has a large impact on the productivity, profitability and competitiveness of all businesses, therefore it is essential that we get it right,” he said.

“Queensland businesses consistently raise issues regarding infrastructure bottlenecks in all Queensland regions which have prevented them from growing.

“For example, the Bruce highway is a frequent issue raised by our members, as current quality issues and flood-prone areas are impacting on business supply chains and their ability to take advantage of opportunities.

“Businesses in our regions, especially those experiencing rapid growth linked to the resources and mining boom, have also been significantly impacted by labour shortages.

“The Queensland Infrastructure Plan has the capacity to help alleviate pressures on social infrastructure that hopefully results in greater numbers of people migrating to our regional centres.

“The significant investment planned for our regions will also be a huge relief for some our struggling regions such as the Far North and Gold Coast where industries have been struggling to recover from the effects of the global financial crisis, international instability and the past season of natural disasters.

“Major projects planned for these regions and others will hopefully stimulate all areas of the Queensland economy.”

Mr Goodwin said CCIQ urged the State Government to engage the private sector in the delivery of infrastructure projects around the state.

“Ensuring Queensland businesses can achieve maximum benefits from the state government’s infrastructure investments will be important moving forward,” he said.

“Focus needs to placed on how to facilitate private sector involvement in infrastructure delivery including overcoming the impediments that currently discourage their participation including excessive red tape and complicated application and tendering processes.

“CCIQ looks forward to working with the State Government on delivering the Queensland Infrastructure Plan to ensure infrastructure bottlenecks in all Queensland regions are addressed.”

Founded in 1868, the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland is the peak association for the state’s employers across every industry. It provides support, advice, training and advocacy for more than 25,000 businesses.