Infrastructure revival imminent
PREMIER Anna Bligh has announced wide ranging changes to local government infrastructure charges on new developments in Queensland as part of the State Government's push to spark a building revival in the Lockyer Valley and the rest of Queensland.
Premier Bligh said the reforms, which are based on proposals by the independent Infrastructure Charges Taskforce, will give certainty to the building industry and make housing easier to build and more affordable to buy.
“These changes will provide simplicity, certainty and transparency for all involved,” the Premier said.
“This is a significant reform that strikes the right balance between developers contributing to the cost of infrastructure and ensuring that new homes are affordable.
“It also gives industry the certainty they need to make investment decisions and that is one of the things we need if we are to see a building revival in Queensland.”
Ms Bligh said a key element of the reforms is setting maximum charges for trunk infrastructure, which includes water, sewerage, storm water, roads and parks.
These standard maximum residential charges will be set at $28,000 for a dwelling that has three or more bedrooms, and set at $20,000 for one and two-bedroom dwellings.
Under the current system these charges have been reported by industry as high as $50,000 and $30,000 respectively.