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Powell Media Release – Queenslanders to shape the future of the state

The local response to the Queensland Plan has resulted in excellent feedback from residents wanting to participate in shaping Queensland’s future.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP has been overwhelmed by the response to his own call for local people to get involved in the Plan.  Community members were invited to share their reasons for wanting to participate and their top priorities for the region.

“We had a great response from people wanting to be one of the three candidates, but also from people in the wider community who are just keen to be involved in the process,” Mr Powell said.

“We received some great entries which made it difficult for me to choose just three.  I feel we achieved a great cross section of the community, who alongside me, will represent Glass House at the Mackay Summit – ranging from Palmwoods to Maleny, and Glasshouse Mountains to Wamuran.

The Glass House candidates are –

Miss Ruby Scott – Year 12 student from Maleny High School

Mrs Ursula Starkovsky – Business owner from Glasshouse Mountains

Mr Howard Walters – active community group volunteer from Wamuran

“For this Plan to be successful I am firm in my belief that it should consider a cross section of views from people right across the community. 

“Miss Scott was chosen to represent the views of the youth in our community and what direction they would like to see us take for their future.  Miss Scott is also very passionate about the environment and will be able to share how important she believes it is for us to protect our valuable environmental landscape.

“Mrs Starkovsky was selected as part of this process so she can represent the views and concerns of the Hinterland Business community.  We live in a growing region and the importance of supporting local business is something Mrs Starkovsky is very passionate about.

“Mr Howard Walters has many years of experience working with community and sporting groups throughout the Caboolture and Wamuran region.  He is a dedicated volunteer who gives up much of his free time to help his community and the groups associated with the Wamuran Sports Association.

“The Queensland Plan is a 30 year vision for our state that will be developed over the course of 2013 through a collaborative process involving community members, business and industry representatives, state and local government officers and Members of Parliament. 

“The Mackay Summit is the first step in this collaborative process and will help set the path for the remaining focus of the Plan.

“It is crucial that we all work together to create our long-term future for a great State with great opportunity.” Mr Powell concluded.

[ENDS] 22 April 2013                                               

Further information on the Queensland Plan can be found online at www.qld.gov.au/about/queensland-plan

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