Image: Queensland Plan Pane (from left): Dr Geoff Garrett AO, Prof. Ian Frazer AC, Kathy Mac Dermott, Wesley Enoch, Dr Jim Minifie. Credit: Harry Nolan-Holmes.
After a productive two days at the Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre, the 600 delegates representing government, business, non-government organisations and all of the many regions have workshopped the priorities of the Queensland Plan.
The survey undertaken by Colmar Brunton had an estimated 78,251 respondents. It was the responses from those individuals and groups that created the focus areas and enablers. Read the full Colmar Brunton report here.
The summit consisted of panels and table debates with a diverse discussion about what Queensland should look like in 30 years. Premier Newman addressed the delegates with the simple message: “Go hard or go home” and the delegates definitely went hard.
Education was a priority area to give flexible and stable education to all within Queensland from birth to death focussing on creating the most educated state in Australia. Furthermore regionalisation is a large priority by investing in regional infrastructure to attract the best minds and young families.
Speculations around moving government departments to regional hubs to kick start infrastructure and the economy were debated.
Other priorities focused on building community spirit and identity, investment and research into innovations in Queenland’s areas of strength, centres of excellence attracting human capital and driving innovation, and the highest productivity rate in Australia with no skills shortages.
The preliminary plan will be released later this year with hope that the Queensland Plan Bill 2014 will be introduced to Parliament next year formalising the 30 year vision in Queensland legislation.
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