MEMBER for Rockhampton Bill Byrne is calling on the people of Rockhampton for opinions about the region's planning.
Mr Byrne said he has attended the first in a series of meetings of the Central Queensland Regional Planning Committee in Emerald today.
"My previous role with Regional Development Australia means that I am well positioned in terms of background knowledge of the region's needs and latent opportunities.
"I'm pleased the Government, led by the Deputy Premier, as Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning is continuing the previous Labor government's work in rolling out statutory regional plans across Queensland," Mr Byrne said.
"Statutory regional plans are important in identifying where urban growth can happen across a whole region, not just on a local government level.
"The plan gives certainty to the agriculture, development and mining sectors into the future about where expansion can occur.
"The previous Labor Government implemented statutory regional plans for Far North Queensland, Mackay Whitsundays, Wide Bay Burnett and the award winning South East Queensland Regional Plan.
"However, all planning is permanently subject to changing influences and circumstances. I'm pleased to be involved in the development of the future plan for the Central Queensland region and that is why I am seeking further input from the people of Rockhampton."