It’s a tough job selecting a winning name for the new underground bus and train project, writes Premier Campbell Newman.

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier of Queensland

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Two weeks ago the underground bus and train project naming competition closed and while the judging panel is working hard to pick a winner, I can reveal some of the great entries we have received.

They are everything from the ‘B-line’ implying the fast journey through the tunnel, ‘the Rush’, named after one of our most distinguished actors Geoffrey Rush, to ‘Big Artie’ – no guesses who that’s referring too.

I also loved the ‘Colin Campbell tunnel’ after the late, great gardening guru Col, the ‘Mud Army’ tunnel, ‘Brisbat’ and the ‘COOEE link’. With so many great names, I don’t envy the judging panel and I thank all 987 Queenslanders who put forward their ideas for naming this once-in-a-generation project.

This project will require some of the most skilled engineers in the world, but naming it will be down to the expertise of everyday Queenslanders. The best name winner will receive six months of free travel on the TransLink network and the two runners-up will each receive go cards with $50 travel credit.

Things are looking great for Queensland in 2014. Our economic growth continues to outstrip the rest of Australia, with new figures showing the economy grew by 4.1 per cent over the year to the September quarter, compared to 1.9 per cent for the rest of the nation over the same time.

Jobs growth in Queensland is three times the growth rate for the rest of Australia, business confidence is up and the State’s south-east has experienced a bumper tourism season.

Just two weeks ago, I visited the Santos GLNG site on Curtis Island, near Gladstone. The project is now 75 per cent complete and will, in the not too distant future, see supplies of affordable, environmentally friendly energy going to the world.

About 10,000 jobs were created during the construction phase on Curtis Island, and many more will be created over the next few years as the gas industry continues to grow. I also recently opened a 35,000 square metre Bunnings distribution centre in Lytton. The company is planning to invest $810million in Queensland over five years, creating 2,500 permanent jobs in 20 new stores and 5,900 jobs during construction.

This is all great news for Queensland and I look forward to seeing this trend continue this year.