Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has hit the road with Treasurer Andrew Fraser this week in a bid to lure investment and businesses back into the state, in the wake of the devastating floods that hit the state earlier this year.
Bligh has been making TV and event appearances in Sydney and Melbourne this week, spreading word that Queensland is “back in business” after being hit by widespread flooding and Cyclone Yasi in the first months of the year.
“…we make no bones about it – this is a brazen effort to aggressively pursue investment and job opportunities for Queensland,” she said.
‘’I am determined to make the case for optimism and confidence and the fact that, despite the world’s current economic uncertainty, there truly is no better place to be right now than Queensland.”
Bligh said all Queenslanders have a job ahead of them, “to spread confidence in the fundamental strengths of the Queensland economy, and that’s exactly the message we will be taking to the southern states…’’
Treasurer Andrew Fraser said the roadshow is the ideal opportunity to promote the Queensland Government’s investment prospectus launched following this year’s Budget.
“We will hold one on one meetings with a range of potential investors, while roundtable evening business functions will be hosted by Freehills in Sydney and the Commonwealth Bank in Melbourne.”
Fraser said Queensland is the “perfect pivot” between South America and the Asia Pacific.
“These are two regions that will define the 21st century, and it is critical that some of Australia’s largest businesses based in Sydney and Melbourne understand the opportunities that Queensland offers.”
“We are set to sell ideas, cleaner energy, food security, bio medical solutions, international education and a great holiday destination. It’s a pretty good recipe globally right now.”