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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Qld Growth Management Summit: regionalisation strategy for Queensland

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    Qld Growth Management Summit: regionalisation strategy for Queensland

    In closing the Queensland Growth Management Summit this afternoon, Premier Anna Bligh announced that the Government will develop a regionalisation strategy for Queensland.

    “Over the last two days, we have heard loud and clear that regionalisation can play a greater role in managing our growth in the future.”

    “Recent ABS data has shown that the South East Queensland Plan, aimed at driving growth in and around Ipswich, is working.”

    “The data showed that Ipswich was the fastest growing Local Government Area in Queensland, jumping from an average of 2.8 per cent per year ten years ago to 5 per cent growth in 2009.”

    “This very clearly shows that effective planning and infrastructure investment can influence where people live.”

    “It’s certainly encouraging to see that 6 of the top 10 fastest growing Local Government Areas in Queensland are outside of the SEQ, according to the latest ABS data.”

    A survey of summit participants found that 74 per cent believe growth in regions can help relieve pressures in SEQ. 85 per cent also believed that it was very important to encourage population growth in other regions.

    More than 10 000 Queenslanders have visited the Queensland Growth Management Summit website and more than 1600 have used the SEQ Futures tool to tell us their priorities and model future scenarios.

    More than 1100 Queenslanders watched People’s Question Time last week and more than 3000 have participated in various industry and community events in the lead up to the Summit.

    Within 2 weeks, a summary of the proceedings will be available on the Queensland Growth Management Summit.

    The Premier today promised that the Government would respond to the ideas put forward at the Summit within 6 weeks.

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