Eco Innovator March 2012
Qld Investment in Wind and
Wind and sugar based products
are among the beneficiaries of more than $2.2 million in economic initiatives
for the north Queensland region.
Qld Premier Anna Bligh released
the final Cairns Region Economic Future 2012-15 plan, which identifies
strengths and investment and business opportunities for the renewable
These include emerging wind
resources and the potential of sugar for bio-industrial products.
Another $484,000 over three
years is for a dedicated investment coordinator who will help attract
and facilitate private sector investment, helping businesses obtain development
approvals for regionally significant projects.
$100,000 is to explore Cape
York Peninsula's potential as an eco-tourism hub and encourage development,
and $77,000 to deliver Advancing Tropical Green Build: Connecting Tropical
North Queensland Capability to Market and promote eco-friendly building
These are among 15 new initiatives
worth more than $2.2 million that were added to the Queensland's Renewable
Energy Industry Development Plan and to support a Smart Energy Hub for
"The Far North is a major
economic powerhouse in Queensland and the next four years offer huge opportunities
for this diverse part of the State, said premier Bligh.
"But without proper vision,
planning and investment, opportunities will be missed. This sets a clear
path to reach the potential that we know Cairns and Far North Queensland
are capable of," she said.