Renewable energy a key focus in draft investment strategy. Images – Canva
  • State Infrastructure Strategy draft has been released today
  • Five key target areas have been outlines
  • Deputy Premier tips state for "renewables and hydrogen superpower"

A detailed draft vision for Queensland’s $52.2 billion infrastructure spending has been released, but Queenslanders can still have their say.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure Steven Miles said the draft State Infrastructure Strategy (SIS) is a critical component of Queensland’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.

“Queensland is in the box seat to seize the opportunities ahead of us over the next two decades,”

Steven Miles, Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure

“We’ve just joined the list of Olympic and Paralympic cities, our pandemic response has been world-class, our population is booming,” he said

The draft SIS outlines five focus areas for the state, one of which is renewable energy. Mr Miles believes Queensland holds the potential to grow into a “renewables and hydrogen superpower”.

There are plans for investment into renewable energy zones, a $2 billion Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund, and zero-emission vehicles.

In addition, a target of 50% renewable energy in the state by 2030 has been set.

“This strategy sets out our infrastructure priorities to realise Queensland’s lower-carbon future.”

The other focus areas for investment are connecting regions, creating liveable communities, the 2032 Olympic Games and driving infrastructure performance.

The draft strategy outlines a plan for a sustainable Brisbane 2032 Olympics. All new projects will set a target for 6-star Green Star for Buildings ratings from the Green
Building Council of Australia.

All existing venues are to be reviewed for energy efficiency and potential renewable energy modifications.

Mr Miles believes the investment “… will turbo-charge more growth and jobs for Queenslanders.”

Public comment can be provided on the Queensland Government website, with the consultation period closing on 9 October 2021.

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