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