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Decision on horizon for key marina section of huge North Harbour development at Burpengary

Decision on horizon for key marina section of huge North Harbour development at Burpengary

THE marina development at North Harbour, Burpengary, is a step closer after work in the Caboolture River was given the green light.

North Harbour developers North East Business Park, along with neighbouring developer Trask Development Corporation, applied to the State Government to carry out work that would allow construction of the marina on the south bank of the river.

The government wanted reassurances that the work would have no impact on the river, landholders and marine life.

It also wanted assurances on who would be responsible for managing eronsion on the northern bank, apposite the proposed marina.

Moreton Bay Regional councillors, at the December Coordination Meeting, agreed to take responsibility for the funding, ownership and ongoing maintenance of areas within the application area.

It was believed that Unitywater would also contribute to the erosion works.
North Harbour project director Peter Lightbody said there were still some steps to go before the marina went ahead, but it was an important step.

“There has been a lot of discusssion over who does what in the river,” he said.

“This council resolution means the council will look after the northern bank along with Unitywater with us as proponants on the southern bank.

“That means some entity has been identified for all componants and hopefully it is a way forward and a catalyst to get approval.”

Cr Peter Flannery (Div 2) said there would be significant economic benefits as a result of the decision.

“Caboolture River is currently eroding and I believe in the future we’ll have to take action to prevent erosion to our assets along there,” he said.

“The Federal Government has previously said they are happy for this to occur. There is a lot of community support for this, people are asking me when is it going to happen.”

Cr Adam Hain (Div 3) said once competed North Harbour would be “the most significant development in the northern end of the region” and a “game changer”.

Crs Darren Grimwade and Allan Sutherland declared a conflict of interest as one of the applicants was a political donor of theirs, left the Chamber and did not vote.

Trask Development Corporation owns land next to the North Harbour project and has been working with North East Business Park on getting approvals.

North East business park at Burpengary East.

North East business park at Burpengary East.

North Harbour developers North East Business Park, with neighbouring developer Trask Development Corporation, applied to the State Government to carry out work that would allow construction of the marina on the river’s south bank.

The government wanted reassurances work would not impact the river, landholders or marine life and to know who was responsible for managing erosion on the north bank, opposite the proposed marina.

Moreton Bay Regional councillors last week agreed to take responsibility for the funding, ownership and ongoing maintenance of areas within the application area.

Originally Published: www.couriermail.com.au

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Infrastructure Australia Adds to $64bn Pipeline

Infrastructure Australia Adds to $64bn Pipeline

The federal government advisory body Infrastructure Australia has put 12 additional projects into its $64 billion pipeline to help the country recover from a “rolling series of crises”.

The 155 projects on the Infrastructure Priority List now include the New South Wales M12 Motorway, parts of the Western Australia Metronet rail line and Queensland inland freight route capacity and safety initiatives .

However, Victorian projects as well as notable infrastructure announcement Snowy Hydro 2.0 and the expansion of the Olympic Dam in South Australia are not included.

Infrastructure Australia chief executive Romilly Madew said that when selecting projects job creation before and after construction was considered, along with reducing congestion, among other things.

Infrastructure Australia chief executive Romilly Madew said that job creation before and after construction was considered, along with reducing congestion when selecting projects.

“The project has to have the ability for revenue generation, so for whoever is, you know, accepting money,” Madew said in an ABC Radio National interview on Wednesday.

“We would welcome an opportunity to assess the Snowy Hydro 2.0 but we haven’t currently seen a business case, and that’s not unusual.”

Additions to the 2020 Infrastructure Priority List

ProjectLevel of importance
Queensland
Qld: Queensland regional road network safety improvementsHigh Priority Initiative
Qld: Brisbane northern suburbs corridor capacityHigh Priority Initiative
Qld: Browns Plains to South East Busway public transport connectivityPriority Initiative
Qld: Queensland inland freight route capacity and safetyPriority Initiative
Qld: Browns Plains to Beaudesert road capacity and safetyPriority Initiative
Qld: Mooloolah River Interchange capacity and safetyPriority Initiative
Australian Capital TerritoryPriority Initiative
ACT: Australian Institute of Sport modernisation (AIS submission)Priority Initiative
New South Wales
NSW: M12 MotorwayHigh Priority Initiative
NSW: More Trains, More Services Stage 2Priority Initiative
NSW: Port Botany Rail Line Duplication & Cabramatta Passing Loop (ARTC submission)Priority Initiative
Western Australia
WA: Metronet: Morley–Ellenbrook Line ProjectPriority Initiative
WA: Metronet: High Capacity Signalling ProjectPriority Initiative

^ Source: Infrastructure Australia

 

The Infrastructure Australia chief executive said this was the first time the advisory body had formally released the priority list mid-year in order to progress the projects faster.

“Australia is planning its recovery from a rolling series of crises: drought, flood, the bushfires and now Covid-19,” Madew said.

“As we look forward, the focus is on delivery and as the nation’s infrastructure advisory body, we are continuing to improve our ability to move quickly to identify investments that will improve productivity—this is about expanding the pipeline, keeping the economy growing, helping to create jobs and attract investment.”

Highly-anticipated projects already on the priority list include the inland rail from Melbourne to Brisbane via New South Wales, which was evaluated in May 2016 and is expected to be delivered before 2026.

The next Infrastructure Priority List announcement is expected in February.

 

 

 

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Queensland Plans Abbot Point Space Launch Site

Queensland Plans Abbot Point Space Launch Site (1)

Queensland is hoping to boost its $760 million space industry with a new rocket launch site in the Whitsunday region.

The Abbot Point orbital rocket launch site has been identified by Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the state government based on a range of technical, operational, environmental and infrastructure-related considerations.

The area near Bowen is currently known for Australia’s most northern coal export port used by Adani and the end point of the Carmichael Rail Network.

The Queensland government has been eager to tap into the space industry after announcing an $8 million strategy earlier this year.

The strategy included satellite ground stations in the outback and sites along the coastline for launch along with multiple locations for observation, space enabled services, robotics and automation.

Queensland Plans Abbot Point Space Launch Site (2)

Companies such as Gilmour Space Technologies, Black Sky Aerospace, Hypersonix and Valiant Space already operate in state and the global space industry is expected to grow to US$42.8 billion by 2028.

A Deloitte Access Economics report found that a launch site and space-related infrastructure would be catalytic for the space industry, providing more research, development and market opportunities.

Economic impacts of Queensland space industry

Industry OutputHigh Productivity ScenarioModerate Productivity Scenario
Gross state product$6bn$3.5bn
Employment2700 jobs1800 jobs
Space$400m$270m
Broadacre cropping$1.2bn$680m
Mining$3.6bn$2.6bn
Telecommunications$660m$460m
Transport and logistics$1.7bn$810m
Construction$1.4bn$1bn
Utilities$550m$340m

State member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said investment into the space industry was a vital part to the state’s economic recovery efforts by tapping into the multi-trillion dollar industry.

“I’m delighted organisations in the region have expressed interest in the development of a launch site at Abbot Point,” Gilbert said.

“These next steps will involve a detailed technical and due diligence on the proposed site to confirm the location is suitable for a space launch facility.”

Qld strategic defence advisor for aerospace Neil Hart AM said Queensland companies and its research sector are leading the nation in space launch vehicle development.

“Queensland’s space industry has been calling for space launch infrastructure here in Queensland, to take it to lift off and firm up Australia’s sovereign capability,” the retired air vice-marshal said.

“This could be an awe-inspiring opportunity for the region and Queensland, bringing more jobs and new career paths for the workforce.”

Queensland is in the space industry race with the Northern Territory who announced a strategy and launch site late last year.

 

 

 

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Four New Queensland Schools to Start Construction

Four New Queensland Schools to Start Construction (1)

Construction of four new schools across Logan City, the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane’s inner west will soon kick off, the Queensland government has announced.

New primary schools will be built in North Maclean in Logan and Caloundra South on the Sunshine Coast and a new special school will be constructed in Coomera with plans to open in 2022.

A new primary school will also be built in Brisbane’s inner west, in a suburb yet to be determined.

Education minister Grace Grace said $65 million of funding had been pegged for the new primary school in Brisbane’s inner west, which would open by 2023.

“We can now begin an extensive community consultation process to find the best location that will benefit the local community,” Grace said of the announcement.

Four New Queensland Schools to Start Construction (2)

Two of the new primary schools are located within the Caloundra South and Greater Flagstone Priority Development Areas (PDAs), which are strong population growth areas in Queensland’s growth corridor.

The Caloundra South PDA covers 2310 hectares of land, at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast, and aims to establish 20,000 dwellings for a population of around 50,000 people.

The Greater Flagstone PDA was declared in 2010, and spans 7188 hectares with plans to provide 50,000 dwellings and house a population of 120,000 people.

“The new special school in Coomera will service the growing population in Coomera and Pimpama and provide special schooling relief to the existing Southport Special School on the Gold Coast and Beenleigh Special School in Logan,” Grace said.

The state says up to $346 million has been allocated to the Building Future Schools Fund, designed to build new schools and provide upgrades to existing schools.

The funding package includes around $80 million towards planning and land acquisition for more schools in 2023 and 2024, and up to $20 million to complete stage two of the Lee Street Special School in Caboolture.

 

 

 

 

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