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    The Honourable Campbell Newman

    Premier launches Queenslanders’ 30-year vision

    Premier
    The Honourable Campbell Newman

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Premier launches Queenslanders’ 30-year vision

    Queenslanders have spoken loud and clear in The Queensland Plan saying that the economy, education and the regions are the keys to a vibrant and prosperous state.

    Premier Campbell Newman launched The Queensland Plan: Queenslanders’ 30-year vision at the Local Government Association of Queensland Regional and Economic Conference in Hervey Bay today. The plan is the culmination of the largest community engagement activity of its kind in Australian history and one of the largest in the world.

    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.

    "This was a massive and exemplary exercise in listening and consulting which involved

    various discussion forums from summits and community think tanks to boardroom workshops and robust family debates."

    Mr Newman said Queenslanders’ feedback was that they wanted to maximise our natural talents and assets and envisaged a state that was focussed on industry development and diversification and with centres of excellence that drove innovation.

    He 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.

    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 but he was confident Queenslanders would rise to the challenge.

    "Queenslanders told us they want an education target of 100 per cent 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."

    The government will respond to The Queensland Plan later in the year.

    [ENDS] 31 July 2014

    Media contacts:

    Premier’s Office 3719 7000. Minister Powell’s Office 323 90844

     

    The Queensland Plan Ambassadors Council

     

    Title

     

    First Name

     

    Surname

     

    Organisation

     

    CHAIR

    Mr

     

     

     

    Andrew

     

     

     

    Chesterman

     

     

     

    Chief Executive

    Public Service Commission

     

     

    Ms

     

     

    Jordyn

     

     

    Archer

     

     

    Destiny Rescue Australia

     

     

    Mr

     

     

    Joel

     

     

    Buchholz

     

     

    Principal

    Pioneer State High School

     

     

    Councillor

     

     

    Margaret

     

     

    de Wit

     

     

    Brisbane City Council;

    President, LGAQ

     

     

    Professor

     

     

    Ian

     

     

    Frazer

     

     

    CEO

    Translational Research Institute

     

     

    Ms

     

     

    Joanne

     

     

    Grainger

     

     

    President

    Queensland Farmers Federation

     

     

    Mr

     

     

    Daniel

     

     

    Gschwind

     

     

    Chief Executive

    Queensland Tourism Industry Council

     

     

    Professor

     

     

    Peter

     

     

    Høj

     

     

    Vice-Chancellor and President

    The University of Queensland

     

     

    Ms

     

     

    Kathy

     

     

    Mac Dermott

     

     

    Executive Director

    Property Council of Australia (QLD Division)

     

     

    Mr

     

     

    Mark

     

     

    Henley

     

     

    Director

    Queensland Council of Social Services

     

     

    The Hon. Councillor

     

     

    Tony

     

     

    McGrady

     

     

    Mayor

    Mt Isa City Council

     

     

    Ms

     

     

    Karen

     

     

    Tully

     

     

    Conservation Sector Director

    South West NRM Ltd

     

     

    Ms

     

     

    Laura

     

     

    Tyler

     

     

    Queensland Resources Council Vice-President

     

     

    Professor

     

     

    John

     

     

    Cole

     

     

    University of Southern Queensland

     

     

    Mr

     

     

    Leon

     

     

    Yeatman

     

     

    CEO

    Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council