Strong Plan boosts tourism, events, small business and the Commonwealth Games

3 Jun 2014 9:36 AMJann Stuckey

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The 2014-15 State Budget will deliver $250 million in funding for new sporting and tourism infrastructure, more programs to drive more investment in small business and boost Queensland visitor numbers.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the Budget delivered a strong plan for a brighter future by focusing on growing Queensland’s four pillar economy, revitalising frontline services and funding job creating infrastructure projects.

“Today’s budget outlines our plan for securing our finances by making the strongest and smartest choice to reduce debt so we can sustainably invest in the infrastructure we’ll need in future,” Mr Nicholls said.

“With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games fast approaching, we are on track to deliver a truly memorable sporting event with funding of more than $160 million for ongoing preparation, planning and development of world class facilities.”

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the Government was investing $111 million through her department to continue with delivery of the Commonwealth Games.

“Another $49 millionhas been allocated to continue work on the Commonwealth Games Village,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Projects for 2014-15 include almost $15 million for redevelopment of the Queensland State Velodrome for track cycling, $18.7 million for new the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre and $12.6 million for the new Coomera Sports and Leisure Centre.”

Ms Stuckey said the Government was delivering on its promise to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy through continued strong support for tourism marketing campaigns and vibrant events programs.

“We will continue the positive momentum gained over the past two years with Tourism and Events Queensland receiving funding of $98.7 million for 2014?15,” Ms Stuckey said.

“To date the Government has allocated an additional $49.5 million for Tourism and Events Queensland across three years that was not in the forward estimates when our Government took office.

“We will also continue our $7 million funding for Regional Tourism Organisations. This will see continued collaboration with industry which last year saw $2.7 million in partner contributions assist in delivering 22 marketing and development projects.

“Today’s budget allows us to maintain a strong focus on attracting major events – we invested in 44 major events over the 2012-13 financial year, attracting almost 690,000 visitors and contributing around $290 million to Queensland’s economy.

“Upcoming major events include the American Ballet Theatre in Brisbane in 2014, UCI Mountain Bike and Trials Championships in Cairns, and the Lawn Bowls Australian Open from 2015?2019 on the Gold Coast.

“In addition, Queensland will host the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and 2015 Asian Cup – two of the world’s biggest sporting events that year.

“The 2014-15 State Budget maintains support for the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, an election commitment which will continue to boost aviation route capacity into Queensland.”

Ms Stuckey said $7.7 million would be allocated to support small business services, including enhancement of the popular Business and Industry Portal which received more than two million unique visitors in 2013-14.

“This funding will also continue the successful Mentoring for Growth program which provided assistance to more than 370 businesses and more than 100 mentoring sessions in the last year,” she said.

“Small business underpins Queensland’s four pillar economy, and today’s budget continues to deliver for the sector.”

[ENDS] 3 June 2014