LNP’s Queen’s Wharf project a boon for tourism

21 Jul 2015 11:42 AMJann Stuckey

Shadow Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Sport and Racing Jann Stuckey today welcomed the announcement that Echo is the successful tenderer for the Queen’s Wharf Integrated Resort project.

Ms Stuckey said she was proud to have been part of an LNP Government that conceived the project and made it possible.

“As part of our commitment to growing the Queensland economy to create jobs, the LNP released public land for the development of a major tourism project, the Queen’s Wharf Precinct,” she said.

“Our Integrated Resort strategy was established to realise new and exciting opportunities to attract investment and tourism was classified as a ‘state interest’ for the very first time.

“By working in partnership with the Brisbane City Council and Brisbane Marketing a significant body of research was undertaken to produce ‘A Guide to Hotel Investment in Brisbane” in 2013 and 2014.

“The Guide revealed that Brisbane was losing some 278,000 room nights annually due to supply shortage and $140 million dollars in visitor expenditure.

“That’s why the Queen’s Wharf project is so important in improving Brisbane’s offerings and enhancing Queensland’s reputation in national and international markets.”

Ms Stuckey said while the LNP welcomed yesterday’s announcement, there were still concerns about the lack of infrastructure projects announced by the Palaszczuk Labor Government since it came to office.

“All we’ve seen from Labor so far is multi-billion dollar projects scrapped, stalled or shelved because this inexperienced government can’t make up its mind,” she said.

“In last week’s Budget, the government didn’t announce one new infrastructure project that wasn’t initiated by the LNP or the private sector.

“This Labor Government must properly address the red tape hurdles that are holding back projects, and preventing capital fund directors and others investing in Queensland.

“Unless Labor lifts its game and does more to facilitate the creation of new accommodation stock, Queensland will be left behind.

“The inexperience of this Labor Government is palpable and Queensland is suffering because of it.”

[ENDS] 21 July 2015