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    Acting Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Tim Nicholls

    One week for not-for-profit government land EOIs

    Acting Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Tim Nicholls

    Wednesday, September 04, 2013

    One week for not-for-profit government land EOIs

    Charities and not-for-profits (NFP) have less than a week left to express an interest in a program that allows for the potential development of surplus government land.

    Organisations have until 5pm on 10 September to lodge expressions of interest under the new Government Land for Accommodation and Support Services (GLASS) program, launched by Premier Campbell Newman last month.

    Acting Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Tim Nicholls said the Newman Government was taking steps to work out how the under-utilised land on the state’s balance sheet could be best used.

    “Many parcels of government surplus land could be better utilised by the not-for-profit sector, such as affordable housing providers or disability support groups, to improve the lives of vulnerable Queenslanders,” Mr Nicholls said.

    “Rather than being in the business of land-banking, the state should be unlocking the land’s potential.”

    To date, 211 copies of the EOI document has been downloaded, 24 enquiries have been received and the website has received more than 1480 unique visits.

    Mr Nicholls said the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning would short-list interested organisations, who met strict charitable or NFP criteria, before moving to a more detailed proposal stage in October 2013.

    “Part of this new initiative is about helping us repair the state’s financial position to put us on a pathway back to fiscal responsibility,” he said.

    “But it’s not the whole story. We are seeking a balanced approach to leverage better social, community and economic outcomes for Queensland by using our land wisely.

    “Rather than ‘land bank’ for the sake of it, we hope to generate interest in the surplus land so that organisations in the not-for-profit sector can unlock it to meet un-met community needs.”

    Mr Nicholls said the program aimed to match approved, short-listed organisations with land sites compatible with their mission statements and in line with local need.

    “This is the first stage in the program that will ultimately see many developments across the state to support Queensland’s not-for-profit sector in its vital community and charitable work,” he said.

    Details about the program can be found on the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning’s website at www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/glass

    [ENDS] 4 September 2013

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