Queensland Tourism and State Development Minister Kate Jones will quit ahead of the upcoming state election.
Jones is the third Palaszczuk Government minister to announce their retirement in less than a week.
“It has been a very rewarding and humbling journey for me, with all the highs and lows that political life can throw at you,” Jones told Parliament.
“I would like to thank everyone who has guided me and influenced me along the way.”
Jones has been pivotal in boosting Queensland’s resurgent tourism and events sector, and helped lead the planning and running of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.
“She’s a wonderful Queenslander, and she loves the state, and it really shows and there’s no better promoter of tourism than Kate Jones,” said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.
Destination Gold Coast chairman Paul Donovan said Jones had been “an unbelievable advocate for our city”.
“The city has been hit for six this year but she’s been in there batting for us where she could,” he said.
“It is a sad day but I’m sure her decision, which is obviously based on being with her husband, Paul and the kids, is the right decision for her at this time.
“I’m shocked and saddened because Kate’s not only been a fantastic minister but she’s a wonderful person and she’s been an unbelievable advocate for our city.”