New government to look at LNP's Queensland Plan
AS THE first sitting of Queensland Parliament takes place with the new government, Grant Cassidy is hoping Central Queensland is still very much part of the plan.
In 2013, the Queensland Plan was started by the Newman government, described as a move to spread more of the population to regional areas of Queensland over the next 30 years.
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Hundreds took part in a summit in Brisbane in October 2013 to review focus areas and all Queenslanders were invited to take part in a survey to have their say.
While there was talk this week Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the new government were considering their position on the plan, Mr Cassidy, a Queensland Plan delegate for the Rockhampton region, said now would be the time to get things back on track.
"It would be a good opportunity to call delegates back together again," Mr Cassidy said.
Rockhampton delegates, who also included Mayor Margaret Strelow, real estate agent Pat O'Driscoll and businessman Geoff Murphy, had put their hand up for the region to take on a State Government agency being relocated to the region, arguing the region had everything to offer.
Mr Cassidy admitted the Queensland Plan process had stalled in recent times.
"I was hoping it would have been implemented earlier," he said.
He is now encouraging the Premier and Ministers to embrace the hard work done by the community.
"They should embrace it and run with it full steam ahead."
As the process was community driven not politically driven, Mr Cassidy said it had to be above politics.
"It is the Queensland Plan, not the LNP or Labor Party plan."
Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne, while supporting the idea back in 2013, had questioned the lack of detail in the discussions that sprang from the plan.
"This is something I have been talking about for 10 years and we need specific plans to plot our state's future and ensure the infrastructure is in place to cope," Mr Byrne told The Morning Bulletin in October 2013.
Yesterday he said when the Queensland Plan process was started, the then Labor opposition engaged with it in good faith. However, when the legislation for the Queensland Plan came before the Queensland Parliament, it was linked to asset sales.
"Given the results of the election, it is clear that the previous government's proposals will have to be revisited, especially considering the link to asset sales which Queenslanders have rejected," Mr Byrne said.
"Given we are five weeks into government, we will review the Queensland Plan and make a decision following that."