Deputy mayor welcomes independent infrastructure body

DEPUTY Mayor Matt Burnett was singing the praises of the State Government at Tuesday's council meeting over plans to form an independent assessment body to prioritise infrastructure needs.

Cr Burnett took the opportunity during councillor reports to say development applications would no longer be politicised.

Before the end of the year a new statutory body, Building Queensland, will be formed as an independent entity under the Department of Infrastructure.

Cr Burnett said the move would ensure each application seeking government funding would be evaluated on its merits.

"This will take the politics out of development applications," Cr Burnett said.

"They will be able to be assessed and then funded."

The plan was part of then-Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk's election promises.

"I have said very clearly that, within out first 12 months of office, that we will go through and put in place an infrastructure plan," Ms Palaszczuk said in the last week before the election.

"There will be an independent assessment body called Building Queensland and Building Queensland will prioritise the needs of the state," she said.

"It will be done independent of government."



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