Queensland's prosperity linked with state land management

THE Queensland Government claims there will be greater opportunities for regional development and economic prosperity as a result of the most significant review of state-owned land in more than a century.

Currently state land is allocated for use under a number of different land tenure arrangements, including leases, reserves, roads, timber reserves and protected areas such as national parks, regional parks, and state forests.

It comprises of 126 million hectares or about 73% of the state's total land area.

A government review launched on Tuesday will aim to examine ways in which the land can be better used and managed.

Key areas up for discussion include greater investment certainty for business and residential leaseholders of state land and greater flexibility to local government as managers of state land, specifically roads, stock routes and reserves.

Another key area up for consultation includes allowing leaseholders to lease land to third parties.

Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps said on Tuesday the government was seeking feedback from leaseholders, local governments, trustees, state land permit and licence holders, constructing authorities and other users of state land.

He said submissions in relation to the Queensland State Land discussion paper would close on August 31.

"State land is important to Queensland families through its many and varied uses, so we need to consider how to best manage it to strengthen our state's economic future and meet the needs of a modern Queensland," he said.

"We have released a discussion paper and want to hear from Queenslanders and capture their ideas on shaping the future management and use of state land.

"Feedback from the community and other key groups will assist us in developing a new direction and simpler approach to how state land is managed and administered in Queensland."


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