Strategic plan out this week
THE Gladstone Social Infrastructure Strategic Plan will be released by the Queensland Government by the end of the week.
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.
Speaking at the Gladstone Resources Industry Update 2010 conference yesterday, Gladstone Economic and Industry Development Board spokesperson Gary Scanlan said a conservative estimate of $30 billion in major projects is on the books for Gladstone.
“The purpose of the plan is to mitigate the impacts on the local population with the industries proposed for Gladstone,” Mr Scanlan said.
“It’s been predicted that over the next two decades the population of the Gladstone region will double with an estimated 26,300 people living at Boyne Island and Tannum Sands and 16,800 people living in Calliope by 2030.”
Mr Scanlan said the plan will determine what Gladstone needs with the hope of setting up ‘The Gladstone Foundation,’ which will distribute funds from government and industry into the social infrastructure and the social wellbeing of Gladstone.