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New roads, schools to be mapped out under 10-year Queensland blueprint

How to tackle Brisbane bottlenecks and safeguard drinking water in regional Queensland will be part of a review into the state’s long-term infrastructure strategy.

On Wednesday, Deputy Premier Steven Miles will announce plans to overhaul the state’s infrastructure planning, with consultation to begin by the end of the month.

The strategy will set out a 10-year infrastructure vision, but focus on what transport, energy, education, water and health projects must be prioritised during the next four years to meet demand.

Queensland’s population is expected to grow by an extra 1 million people to 6.2 million in the next 10 years before ballooning to 7.1 million in 2041.

Mr Miles said the building blueprint would be made up of seven regional plans and was set to be released by the end of the year.

“The state-wide strategy will set out a more contemporary infrastructure agenda based on economic recovery,” he said.

“The seven regional infrastructure plans will drill down to support recovery and resilience at a regional level.

“These will provide a clear vision for infrastructure investment and prioritisation that will drive economic recovery, boost regional productivity and resilience, and sustain jobs.”

The strategy will map out where new roads and schools need to be built to accommodate south-east Queensland’s rapid population growth.

The last state infrastructure plan was released in 2016 and prioritised the expansion of the Gold Coast light rail to link the hospital to Helensvale station, which was finished in 2017.

The former strategy also planned for land preservation to begin for a high-speed rail link between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, which was yet to start and likely would not unless Labor won the next federal election.

A specialist team to ensure land stretching between Tweed Heads and Noosa was able to keep pace with population growth and housing demand, announced earlier this month, would assist with the new strategy.

In the next 20 years, south-east Queensland’s “200-kilometre city” was predicted to expand to about the same size as Sydney today.

In an address to the Infrastructure Association of Queensland breakfast on Wednesday, Mr Miles was also set to announce funding to support growth within two Logan master-planned communities.

Cash from the Building Acceleration Fund, set up to help the state build its way out of recession, would be spent on infrastructure to support two master-planned communities in Logan where populations were at tipping point.

The state government has teamed up with Lendlease to expand its Yarrabilba development, first launched eight years ago.

Mr Miles said the state would contribute $15 million and Lendlease $9.8 million, to increase residential land supply and “enable planning to commence for community and health services”.

“Construction including earthworks, water, sewer, electrical and communications mains, street-scaping and roadworks will support around 100 jobs and pave the way for the site of a new school.

“Access to over 2000 affordable residential lots is expected to be unlocked as part of this infrastructure being progressed.”

A further $15 million would be spent to tackle road congestion around the Brookhaven master-planned community.

Lydia Lynch, Brisbane Times

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