New minister for QLD

New Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has been announced as Minister for Transport

Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) has welcomed the appointment of a new Transport Minister which will ease local bus operator fears.

New Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was sworn in on February 14 and her new cabinet includes Deputy Premier Jackie Trad being appointment the Minister for Transport.

QBIC executive director David Tape enjoyed a good relationship with Trad while she was the opposition transport spokesperson and he is pleased she is continuing in the role.

Tape is seeking a more inclusive relationship with the new State Government, noting buses are the largest public transport provider.

"We are looking forward to working with Jackie to deliver stability to bus operators across Queensland and returning to negotiated contracts," he says.

Prior to the state election QBIC revealed many bus operators across Queensland were living in fear they would be replaced by out of state bus companies who could afford to initially run at a loss to meet the previous Newman Government’s proposed open tender criteria.

Tape says the industry group has campaigned for the past year against the proposed changes, arguing that it was bad policy that would destroy Queensland companies and local jobs.

"We welcomed Labor’s pre-election commitment that if elected, they would scrap the tender process, reintroduce negotiated contracts and better engage with the industry.

"We are now greatly looking forward to working closely with the new minister to forge a better way forward and continue to deliver excellent bus services across the state."

Palaszczuk says the new cabinet is "an exciting mix of experience and fresh talent".

"My government is committed to delivering on the election commitments we made to Queenslanders, and my cabinet is the team that will fulfil that task."

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