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Queensland Transport Minister resigns

Queensland Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games, Stirling Hinchliffe, has tendered his resignation.

Hinchcliffe said he made the 'tough personal decision in the best interests of the Palaszczuk Government'.

"The issues at Queensland Rail have been some of the most challenging and, at times, frustrating issues I have needed to manage as a Minister," Hinchcliffe said.

"I know that they have been a distraction for the Government’s core task of delivering jobs for Queenslanders.

"Now that the Commission of Inquiry has concluded and the Government delivered its response, I believe that Queensland Rail and the Transport portfolio have the path prepared for a fresh start to get back to delivering for our passengers."

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk accepted the offer of resignation, appointing Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad, as Acting Transport Minister and Treasurer, and Minister for Sport, Curtis Pitt, as Acting Minister for Commonwealth Games.

“I want to thank Stirling for his work as Minister to manage the very challenging issues at Queensland Rail. As the Strachan Inquiry has found, the challenges at Queensland Rail were many years coming,” Palaszczuk said.

“The new Minister will work with Queensland Rail Chairman Phillip Strachan to implement the Inquiry’s recommendations to restore Queensland Rail services across the State’s south-east train network."

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has thanked Hinchliffe for working collaboratively with the Regulator and the heavy vehicle industry.

NHVR Chair, Bruce Baird, said it was great to work with Hinchliffe on a number of important heavy vehicle projects in Queensland, including the Special Purpose Vehicle Notice launched last year.

“On behalf of the NHVR Board, our Chief Executive and NHVR staff, I once again thank Mr Hinchliffe and wish him well in the future,” Baird said.

“Mr Hinchliffe was an advocate for improving access of heavy vehicles for livestock and agricultural carriers in regional Queensland and improving the permit process of all operators.”

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