Min­istry call for re­gions

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND needs a min­is­ter for re­gional de­vel­op­ment, ac­cord­ing to a con­sor­tium rep­re­sent­ing some of the state’s most im­por­tant in­dus­tries.

Five peak bod­ies – Ag­force, Qld Tourism In­dus­try Coun­cil, Prop­erty Coun­cil, Re­sources Coun­cil and Tim­ber Queens­land – have part­nered to launch a state elec­tion man­i­festo.

The con­sor­tium said an in­com­ing gov­ern­ment should es­tab­lish a ded­i­cated re­gional de­vel­op­ment min­istry to cham­pion the in­ter­ests of ar­eas out­side south­east Queens­land and en­sure re­gional fac­tors were “ex­plic­itly con­sid­ered’’ by Cabi­net.

As well as a min­istry, they want a gov­ern­ment-in­dus­try round­table set up to de­velop a vi­sion for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment and create jobs. Tax sta­bil­ity and re­duc­tions in en­ergy costs are both on the agenda.

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