In the run up to the 2018 Queensland State Budget, QMCA Chief Executive Officer, Jon Davies, has called on the Palaszczuk government to ensure that funding announcements are backed up by actions to ensure that projects are delivered throughout the state.
“For our industry it has been very encouraging to see that infrastructure funding is returning and is central to the political agenda in Queensland.”
“As we identified in our 2018 Major Pipeline Projects report, there is the potential over the next 5 years for construction of $40bn worth of major projects that will generate thousands of jobs across the state and deliver much needed roads, dams, entertainment precincts and transport projects such as Cross River Rail”
“However, we also know that there is a long way between a funding announcement and a project getting off the drawing board and being delivered for our communities. Currently ¼ of the public sector projects in the pipeline are unfunded and 1/3 of private sector projects are unlikely to proceed.”
“Historically we have seen different levels of government disagree on project type, scale, funding and delivery. Following this state budget we are asking that the Palaszczuk Government, the Turnbull Government and each of Queensland’s councils work collaboratively to deliver the projects the state needs.”
“The reality is, Queensland is the nation’s most decentralized state and without investment in infrastructure, we put at risk the long-term prosperity of the state.”
“Whilst QMCA welcomes funding announcements, our members, their employees and the Queenslanders who will benefit from major infrastructure projects, value action even more which is why the QMCA announced that we will be holding an industry wide collaboration summit.”
“The ‘Collaborate to Innovate’ summit aims to find ways improve collaboration between all major project stakeholders that will increase the amount of infrastructure able to be delivered for every $ spent and provide an environment conducive for increased private sector investment in the State.”