Newman pushes for migration to regional towns and cities
QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman said more mechanisms needed to be created to encourage people to settle in regional towns and cities.
Mr Newman said on Thursday projections showed Queensland's population would grow by up to eight million over the next three decades.
He said it was the perfect opportunity to grow small communities across the state.
"There might be a community of say 6000 people that it could accommodate ultimately 10-15,000 people quite effortlessly with minimal extra infrastructure, or some very targeted infrastructure," he said.
"I think this is very exciting because there are jobs as well, in agriculture, in tourism, in mining and resources, and indeed construction, particularly in those regional towns.
"Let us actually create our state's destiny.
"I think there is huge potential to grow far more productively into smaller communities."
Mr Newman said he would welcome sitting down with the Federal Government in response to the Queensland Plan to ensure the vision became a reality.
"If we are going to take immigrants into Queensland we want them to go to regional areas," he said.
"We need to create mechanisms to encourage people to go to the regions rather than have them all come into busy, congested, south-east Queensland.
"I just want to stress again this is about grabbing a reality that is upon us.
"Let us really plan and get this right and make this state better."