Push to boost Rocky's population to half a million people
WE can deliver.
That is the message, delivered loud and clear, to Premier Campbell Newman by Rockhampton's Queensland Plan Task Force members when they met with Andrew Powell this week, the minister responsible for the Queensland Plan.
And the plan is to attract more people to the region, increasing population numbers in the region from around 111,500 to 570,000 in thirty years and becoming one of the state's major population centres.
Task Force member Geoff Murphy said a lot of the infrastructure in Rockhampton was already in place to start now, so the ambitious aim to attract growth of 10 percent over the next 24 months, from the current Rockhampton population of 83,000, was more than possible.
"We have got everything going for us," Mr Murphy said.
To help boost numbers to the region, Mr Murphy believes Rockhampton was in the unique position of being able to take the relocation of at least two southern based government departments to the region, suggesting Agriculture and Mining departments were a perfect fit.
And the Task Force members have already put that suggestion forward to the Government during the meeting they describe as very positive.
Mr Murphy, joined by other Task Force members Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow, Grant Cassidy and Pat O'Driscoll, said they were being brave and bold, as the Premier had asked.
Mayor Strelow said council will do its bit in encouraging growth to the region, but she would love to see the business community come together to help, particularly with the idea of incentives such as a Resident's Card with a range of offers.
"We as a community are ready to embrace the Queensland Plan," Mayor Strelow said.
Reminding that the Queensland Plan was put together by the people of Queensland, not the State Government, Mr Murphy said we have to go with the plan, and we can.
"We've got the lot."
What is the plan?
The Queensland Government is seeking to move more of the state's population to regional areas as part of the Queensland Plan.
The plan in a shared vision for the next 30 years, to identify local and statewide priorities.
Hundreds of Queenslanders came together at a summit in Brisbane on October 9-10 to review the focus areas emerging from Queensland's responses to six questions and identify steps to deliver Queensland's 30-year vision.