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  • Tackling affordability with increased land supply and infrastructure

    In order to accommodate Queensland’s predicted population growth, without affecting housing affordability, the UDIA (Qld) believes there needs to be a readily available supply of land that is free of constraints - offering buyers’ choice in location, product and price. On behalf of members, the UDIA (Qld) has put forward this recommendation in the UDIA (Qld)’s 2015 Advocacy Agenda, ‘Building Better Communities’.

    We have also met and discussed our 2015 Advocacy Agenda, ‘Building Better Communities’ with both government and opposition during the campaign period.

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  • Toowoomba Railway Parklands declared Priority Development Area

    On 12 December 2014, the Toowoomba Railway Parklands was declared a Priority Development Area (PDA). This site is a key urban renewal area and will create economic development opportunities for the industry and the region.

    The PDA is located north of the Toowoomba Central Business District and will be focussed around central parklands on an operational rail yard and Gowrie Creek, surrounded by a mixture of commercial, industrial, retail and residential land use.

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  • Tax reform will deliver affordable housing

    Last week the ALP and LNP both promised no new taxes and both made statements that suggest that there would be no overall increase in the general tax burden in Queensland. The LNP also promised to continue to raise the payroll tax free threshold to $1.4m over the next three years (up from $1.1m).

    The Institute agrees that an overall increase in the tax burden in Queensland is not the answer.

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  • Koala referral guidelines adopted

    The Federal Government has released finalised referral guidelines to assist the industry when developing land in regions with Koala populations. These materials, including guidelines, maps and factsheets, support the decision to list the Koala as 'Vulnerable' under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) in 2012.

    The guidelines, maps and fact sheets provide much needed guidance and have a significant impact on numerous projects and potential development sites across Queensland.

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  • Election Campaign Update

    In the first eight days of the campaign there have been a handful of announcements of particular interest to the property development industry.

    In launching the election campaign, Premier Newman confirmed that if re-elected an LNP government would continue to focus on the property and construction industry as one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy. The Institute welcomes confirmation that our industry would remain a focus for a re-elected LNP Government.

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