Gympie voices heard for The Queensland Plan
GYMPIE Region Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett will advocate for the importance of rural and regional Queensland when he meets with more than 400 people from across the state today for the Queensland Plan in Mackay.
Cr Perrett, along with former Gympie councillor Graham Engeman, Member for Gympie David Gibson, member of the Mary Valley Economic Development Advisory Group and local solicitor Simon Young and teacher Alota Lima, will represent the Gympie region's interests at the State Government meeting that will look at a state plan for the next 30 years.
The Queensland Plan is a grass roots collaborative process that will involve the community, industry and all levels of government to set the long-term vision for the state.
Cr Perrett said he would be pushing for a clear State Government focus on embracing natural resources and agricultural benefits provided by areas of rural and regional Queensland, which included Gympie.
He said with the 30-year plan lending a focus creating agricultural wealth in rural and regional areas, other sectors (including transport, health and education) would also benefit. Cr Perrett told The Gympie Times from Brisbane Airport yesterday he was hoping for a bipartisan approach to the plan would be taken by political parties, to ensure the longevity of the plan.
Developing a long-term vision for Queensland would involve extensive community engagement between May and September across the Gympie region, which Mr Gibson said would ensure people's voices were heard.
"This summit is the first step in considering major trends and issues likely to affect our state and will form the basis of what we discuss in developing a long-term vision for Queensland," he said.
A second summit will be held in September.