Industry to help foot bill
INDUSTRY will pay “in part” for the future needs and infrastructure of Gladstone, it was announced yesterday at the release of the Gladstone Social Infrastructure Strategic Plan.
The Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe, announced the completion of the Social Infrastructure Strategic Plan (SISP) and the release of a Draft Voluntary Industry Contributions Framework yesterday.
Mr Hinchliffe said the Draft Voluntary Industry Contributions Framework would guide future industry investment in community facilities. He said a Gladstone Foundation would be established to ensure funds were allocated in a structured way.
“I can now announce the release of the Draft Voluntary Industry Contributions Framework as an outcome of this study, Mr Hinchliffe said.
“The primary purpose of this draft document is to propose, in partnership with the Gladstone Regional Council, the Gladstone community and industry, to establish a perpetual trust to be known as the Gladstone Foundation.
“It is proposed that the Gladstone Foundation will operate for the long-term as a mechanism for managing and allocating industry contributions for the community.
“It will regularly consider the Voluntary Industry Framework for investment in the Draft Voluntary Industry Contributions Framework on criteria based on viability, demonstrated need and compatibility with industry requirements.”
The plan has taken more than 18 months to complete, and is the most comprehensive study on infrastructure and social wellbeing ever undertaken in Australia.
Social infrastructure includes a wide range of built facilities, services and networks of organisations that include community facilities like schools, hospitals, police/fire/ambulance stations, child-care centres, youth facilities, cultural facilities like libraries and theatre and recreation and sporting facilities..
Mr Hinchliffe said the Foundation offered industry and the community of Gladstone the best return on contributions and investment in social infrastructure.
“This plan puts the future of Gladstone in the hands of local people so that investment from industry reflects their needs.”