QLD Opposition Unveils $1 Billion Plans for Private-Sector Builds

July 11, 2020 Updated: July 11, 2020

Opposition leader Deb Frecklington has shifted focus from fighting to reopen Queensland’s borders to electioneering with a pledge to sign-off on $1 billion (US$695 million) of infrastructure projects if she wins office.

The Queensland Liberal National Party will team with the private sector to deliver a raft of new public-private projects by 2024, Frecklington said.

She said her party would be “focused on construction—not obstruction” as she positioned herself to depose Labor’s Annastacia Palaszczuk at the Oct. 31 election.

“I want to partner with industry to unleash the potential of private-sector investment and create jobs right across Queensland,” she said.

“It’s time to declare Queensland open for business again and encourage investors to back our great state once again.”‘

Frecklington has also promised to deliver a budget and cancel the Christmas leave of senior public servants in the first 100 days if she wins office.

The LNP has previously said it was also committed to the construction of the New Bradfield Scheme, the biggest dam in Australia, with a storage capacity of 28 Sydney harbours that would irrigate an area larger than Tasmania.

By Darren Cartwright