A doubling of the regional population, greater educational standards and job opportunities are high on Queenslanders’ wish list for future prosperity.

In launching The Queensland Plan: Queenslanders’ 30-year vision, Premier Campbell Newman said Queenslanders had spoken loud and clear – identifying the economy, education and the regions as the keys to a vibrant and prosperous state. Mr Newman said the ‘people’s plan’ provided key goals on jobs and the economy with agreement among 80,000 participating Queenslanders that they wanted their state to be the number one performing economy which provided the best job opportunities in Australia.

“People from every corner of the state contributed ideas to The Queensland Plan with a common vision to grow our regional economies, foster innovation, strengthen our education sector and encourage community connections,” Mr Newman said. Queenslanders’ feedback was that they wanted to maximise natural talents and assets, and envisaged a state that was focussed on industry development and diversification and with centres of excellence that drove innovation. Mr Newman said The Queensland Plan offered many challenges to government with targets such as doubling the population of regions outside South East Queensland while other goals would require new thinking by all levels of government.

He said the community’s vision would be driven by The Queensland Plan Ambassadors Council, which would be chaired by Public Service Commission Chief Executive Andrew Chesterman and included people such as Professor Ian Frazer, tourism chief Daniel Gschwind and former Labor Minister and Mt Isa Mayor Tony McGrady. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Vice President Laura Tyler has also been appointed to theAmbassadors Council – a move welcomed by the QRC. QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said the Queensland Plan was the product of an extensive consultation process to which the QRC and its members were proud to contribute.

The Minister responsible for The Queensland Plan, Andrew Powell, said the plan set bold, new targets that would take transformative action and dedicated focus to achieve. “Queenslanders told us they want an education target of 100% of children having basic literacy and numeracy in primary school,” Mr Powell said. “They also want a doubling of our regional population outside South East Queensland which will require integration with innovative plans such as RegionsQ and close co-operation with the Federal Government to build stronger regional economies.”

Via Advance Western Downs