Today, the Newman Queensland Government marks 100 days in office, having honoured all promises outlined as part of the 100 Day Action Plan that was unveiled during the state election campaign.
To mark the occasion, the Premier has done a number of ‘state of the union’ interviews with major media outlets to highlight the Government’s achievements.
Overwhelmingly, media coverage of the Government’s performance has been very positive. This morning’s Courier Mail editorial praising the Premier and ‘the unfettered dedication and determination he has brought to the job to date’.
A full report on the Government’s first 100 days has been prepared and can be read here.
The First 100 Days: State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
In a media statement earlier today, Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney outlined the Government’s achievements within his portfolio
“In our first hundred days in office we’ve taken the important decisions to turn this around. One example is restoring the Department of State Development and State Coordinator-General to high level roles in Government, which will help set Queensland on a new course,” Mr Seeney said.
Mr Seeney said an empowered Coordinator-General had progressed decisions on 32 major projects in just three months – several each week – compared to just 45 in the last year under Labor.
Among them are approval of the $6.4 billion Alpha Coal project and the $1.45 billion South of Embley bauxite mine. Both projects will provide thousands of jobs in construction and operation phases and significant export earnings, taxes and royalties.
Other key milestones to deal with major issues facing the state are:
- Establishment of the GasFields Commission
- Establishment of the Bruce Highway Crisis Management Group
- Establishment of Infrastructure Queensland
- Starting the Statutory Regional Planning process for the Darling Downs and Central Queensland
- Deciding the framework for the Royalties to Regions initiative
The First 100 Days: Natural Resources and Mines
Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andrew Cripps, has released a similar statement outlining the Government’s achievements within the mining portfolio.
“The resources sector is one of the four pillars of the economy and will play a pivotal role in curbing this state’s $2.8 billion deficit an d ballooning debt, a legacy left to us by the former Labor Government,” Minister Cripps said.
In its first 100 Days, the Newman Government has reduced red tape and streamlined development approvals in the resources sector.
Key conditional approvals facilitated by the Deputy Premier, and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Jeff Seeney, and the Minister for Natural Resources and Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps include:
- The approval of Anglo American’s $1.7 billion Grosvenor Mine near Moranbah
- The approval of GVK-Hancock’s $6.4 billion Alpha Coal project in the Galilee Basin
- The approval of Rio Tinto’s $1.45 billion South of Embley bauxite mine on Cape York
- The invitation for comment by the Co-ordinator General on the proposed $500 million Wongai coking coal project, north west of Cooktown
The Newman Government has also moved to restore confidence and transparency in the management of Queensland’s natural resources by:
- Launching reviews into prosecutions and penalties imposed under the Vegetation Management Act 1999, and referring inconsistencies in water licencing in the Barron River to the Crime and Misconduct Commission
- Establishing a GasFields Commission to manage the co-existence of regional landholders, rural communities and the CSG industry
- Establishing a Statutory Regional Planning process for the Darling Downs and Golden Triangle region in Central Queensland to allow greater local input into the determination of regionally-appropriate developments.
- Standing up for Queensland communities affected by the proposed Murray-Darling Basin plan
- Achieving significant outcomes for Indigenous Queenslanders, including recognition of the Gungarri People’s Native Title rights in south-west Queensland and the delivery of land to the Dgiru people at Mission Beach.
- Delivering on our commitment to rehabilitate abandoned mine lands in Queensland and address community concerns about the potential impact of abandoned mine sites on our waterways and the environment.
Government welcomes Galilee co-operation
The Newman Government has welcomed the announcement by Adani and QR National that they will work together on an integrated east-west rail proposal for the Galilee Basin.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said this co-operative approach was exactly what the Government had sought, following extensive negotiations with all proponents of mine and rail developments in the region.
Mr Seeney said the State Government would continue to work with all mining companies and rail proponents to progress development in the Galilee Basin which would be of great benefit to the region, the state and the nation.