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    The Honourable Vicky Darling

    North Stradbroke Island Reference Group - community planning for the future

    The Honourable Vicky Darling

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    North Stradbroke Island Reference Group - community planning for the future

    North Stradbroke Island Reference Group - community planning for the future

    An important community reference group for the North Strabroke Island strategy is now up and running, Environment Minister Vicky Darling said today.

    Ms Darling said she is chairing the North Stradbroke Island Reference Group – which has met twice – and which was comprised of a good cross section of the island community.

    “The North Stradbroke Island Reference Group will provide a forum for high level, coordinated and effective communication between stakeholders and the Queensland Government,” Ms Darling said.

    “The Queensland Government’s vision for North Stradbroke Island includes the creation of National Park over 80 percent of the Island by 2026, the cessation of all sand mining by 2025, the resolution of native title through an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the Quandamooka People, and the development of a strategy to move the Island towards a sustainable economic future.

    “It is essential to have the community's input and support in implementing this vision for the Island to ensure practical and relevant strategies and outcomes are identified.

    “This Reference Group can provide leadership for the community in delivering a sustainable future for the Island.

    “The Reference Group provides the opportunity for the Queensland Government to effectively engage with the North Stradbroke Island community and ensure that their aspirations and priorities for the future are heard and considered in the planning process.

    “As the Minister responsible for the environment, I am committed to working with the Island community to get the balance right, not only in protecting the Island’s iconic natural environment but ensuring a sustainable approach to economic, social and cultural development for the community,” Ms Darling said.

    Key community issues and priorities identified by the Reference Group – which met on June 30 and August 9 - include:

    ·Planning and infrastructure including the importance of affordable housing, township planning and provision of community infrastructure;

    ·Social development and economic justice that ensures respect for all groups on the Island, supports a robust and diversified economy and addresses key social development needs;

    ·Undertaking a Community Needs Analysis including an assessment of economic, social and skill requirements with a focus on education and training opportunities;

    ·Environmental protection and National Park management including the provision of nature-based recreational opportunities while maintaining ecological values of the Island; and

    ·Youth engagement to ensure that relevant issues and aspirations of young Island residents are considered and incorporated into future planning.

    Ms Darling said the Reference Group would collectively identify the most effective way to engage with the wider community to ensure that all views are heard on these particular issues.

    “This means those interested community members who are not part of the reference group but are keen to have active input can do so through a number of smaller groups that will be formed in the very near future.

    “Information updates and notification on community consultation opportunities will continue to be provided to interested stakeholders through the Department’s website, email correspondence and local publications”.

    “A broad range of stakeholders was invited to be on the Reference Group including the opportunity for community representatives to participate in a self-nomination process to secure two seats on the Group.

    “Reference Group participants were selected for their knowledge of the Island, relevant experience and expertise, connection to the community and their ability to provide broad representation of the interests and concerns of the Island community,” Ms Darling said.

    The members of the NSI Reference Group are:

    • Minister Vicky Darling, MP (Chair) - Minister for Environment
    • Cr Melva HobsonMayor of Redland City
    • Cr Craig OgilvieRedland City Council Councillor
    • Aunty Joan HendriksQuandamooka Combined Aboriginal Organisations Forum
    • Darren BurnsQuandamooka Combined Aboriginal Organisations Forum
    • Dr Brett Roe – Nominated community representative
    • Jennie Truman – Nominated community representative
    • Dale Ruska – NSI Social and Economic Development Association
    • Paul Smith – SIBELCO
    • Jan AldenhovenLocal resident and environmental sector representative
    • Paul DonatiuNational Parks Association of Queensland representative
    • David ThomsonNSI Chamber of Commerce representative
    • David MorgansTourism Queensland representative
    • Youth representatives (2) – to be confirmed

    To keep up to date with the activities of the Reference Group and the implementation of the Queensland Government’s vision for North Stradbroke Island, please join the mailing list by contacting the phone hotline on 1800 194 064 or at

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