News

Premier and Minister at odds over Fitzroy coal port

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman (left, pictured here with Transport Minister Scott Emerson) inspects the onsite manufacturing plant at the Yeppen floodplain crossing on the southern approach to Rockhampton on the Bruce Highway. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman (left, pictured here with Transport Minister Scott Emerson) inspects the onsite manufacturing plant at the Yeppen floodplain crossing on the southern approach to Rockhampton on the Bruce Highway. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

THERE is still no clear position around port development in the Fitzroy Basin after Premier Campbell Newman opposed the view of federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

Mr Hunt told the ABC's 4Corners program on Monday night there would be no coal port development in the delta but, on a visit to Rockhampton on Friday, Mr Newman left no doubt about his own government's position.

"Well I don't agree with that…because it's the Port of Rockhampton operating for over 100 years," he said.

"It's also part of the designated Port of Gladstone. I'm not going to turn down the jobs."

It was all about jobs for Mr Newman, who defended his government's policies despite significant disapproval in recent polls.

He said Rockhampton's place in the Queensland Plan was critically important as the gateway to a huge agricultural, resources and tourism area.

"We have a four-pillar economic policy and Rockhampton region ticks all those boxes," he said.

"We need infrastructure to support that."

Exactly what infrastructure his government was likely to support is still a guessing game with Mr Newman making it clear the local area needed to clearly define its priorities.

"In terms of in-principle support, I think they're all very sound projects and worthy of being pursued," he said.

"I'm on the record saying we will support the CQ NRL bid. If they win it, we will provide the stadium…that's on the table.

On the cards?

  • CQ NRL stadium and convention centre
  • Great Keppel Island redevelopment
  • Iwasaki Capricorn Resort expansion
  • South Rockhampton flood levee
  • Northern access road to Capricorn Coast
  • Relocation of a government department to Rockhampton

"Townsville particularly are pushing for one (stadium/convention centre)."

Mr Newman said the legacy left by the previous government of "enormous deficits and a huge and growing debt" was now under control and, for the first time in a decade, the government wouldn't have to borrow money in the next financial year.

"We have $80 billion in debt," he said.

"Before we talk about how we invest in Rockhampton, Capricornia or the whole state, we need to confront this issue.

"If you re-elect us, we will lease the Port of Gladstone, lease the Port of Townsville, sell the industrial pipelines of SunWater, sell the remaining government-owned electricity generating companies…and we would find a mechanism for the private sector to invest in Ergon, Energex and Powerlink.

"That's a mechanism to generate $33.6 billion.

"(A sum of) $25 billion can go to paying down debt, which saves an enormous amount of interest, but $8.6 billion is still available for building infrastructure.

"It's about how we carve up the proceeds…to get a fair and equitable distribution of the projects around the state."

Topics:  coal port, fitzroy basin, mining, premier campbell newman




WARNING: Watch out for this convincing scam

Scam email

Email scam targets Telstra customers

STORM WARNING: BOM predicts severe thunderstorm

Rainfall

BOM predicts possible severe storm

Accused Barnett and Martinez murderers in court

Accused murderers set to appear in court today.

Latest deals and offers

Folk singer looking forward to her Gympie Muster debut

Alternative country folk singer Fanny Lumsden will perform at the Gympie Muster.

FANNY Lumsden to serenade new fans with her country hall-style show.

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Angie and Yvie ready to toast The Bachelor on Gogglebox

Angie and Yvie in a scene from the TV series Gogglebox.

ALL the regulars return in TV show about people watching TV.

Morgan Freeman asks: are we alone? Why do humans exist?

Morgan Freeman in Through the Wormhole. Photo: Discovery Science

Question all you thought you knew, on Foxtel.

Five new things to see and do at this year's Muster

There's already plenty of fun to be had at the XXXX bar.

Here are five new things to see and do at this year's Gympie Muster

You are going to Falls for this music line-up

CONFIRMED: Local artist Bernard Fanning is part of the line up for Falls Festival Byron Bay.

The line-up and ticket purchase details have been announced.

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Developer announces plans for prime 1.2km beach frontage

An artist's impression of the development.

Developer announces plans for 1.2km beach frontage

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m