The Queens­land Govern­ment 2017-18 Bud­get should help the vis­i­tor econ­omy while fu­ture­proof­ing its trans­port net­work

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The Queens­land Govern­ment’s 2017-18 Bud­get should help the vis­i­tor econ­omy while fu­ture-proof­ing its trans­port net­work.

The Cross River Rail project will create jobs, im­prove the state’s trans­port con­nec­tiv­ity, and help to make Bris­bane and southeast Queens­land better places to live and to visit.

“Cross River Rail is the num­ber one pub­lic trans­port project for Queens­land and we are de­lighted to see the Govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to go it alone on this project to en­sure this crit­i­cal piece of in­fra­struc­ture can be built,” Tourism & Trans­port chief ex­ec­u­tive Margy Os­mond says.

The Queens­land Govern­ment had de­liv­ered fund­ing to fur­ther de­velop tourism as a key longterm driver of eco­nomic and jobs growth across the state.

“Tourism is cru­cial to the growth of the Queens­land econ­omy, gen­er­at­ing $27.7 bil­lion in con­sump­tion and em­ploy­ing more than 135,000 people across the state,” Os­mond says.

“The Queens­land Govern­ment has recog­nised that the tourism sec­tor has the po­ten­tial to become the most ef­fec­tive and sus­tain­able way to di­ver­sify be­yond the re­sources econ­omy, and we wel­come the ad­di­tional $10.2 mil­lion over the next two years for Tourism and Events Queens­land to se­cure ma­jor events for the sun­shine state.

“The $9 mil­lion al­lo­cated to help the tourism in­dus­try and small busi­nesses re­cover and re­build from the im­pact of Cy­clone Deb­bie will go a long way to get­ting the re­gion back on its feet.”

Above: The Bris­bane bus net­work will need to adapt to ac­com­mo­date the Cross River Rail project

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