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Powell Media Release – Locals voice their views about our future (30 July 2013)

Community solutions to community problems, maintaining a greener focus and supporting and promoting small business are some of the initial views provided to The Queensland Plan from the Glass House electorate.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP said feedback has identified strong support in establishing Queensland as futuristic and open to innovation with a strong focus on investment in our brightest minds.

“While there is still one month left for Queensland to contribute to our state’s 30-year vision, early analysis indicates a common statewide desire for a stronger sense of community with clear differences on how to achieve it,” Mr Powell said.

“Driving community projects, volunteering, helping others, connecting with neighbours to become more active and getting outdoors, feature prominently in Queensland’s early vision for the future.

“More than 10,000 people from every corner of the state have responded to the six questions developed collaboratively by Queenslanders at the Mackay Summit.

“Some Queenslanders have opted to join in local community events to share and debate their views, while others have gone online to have their say.

“Whatever the method, conversations are underway across the state and we’re hearing great ideas, stories and strong opinions on what people want and don’t want.”

It is now even easier for locals to contribute their thoughts with responses to the questions added to The Queensland Plan website (www.qld.gov.au/queenslandplan). These provide an opportunity for local residents to comment on feedback from their fellow Queenslanders.

“If you haven’t had your say about Queensland’s future, now is the time to voice your opinion,” Mr Powell said.

‘We strongly encourage everyone to contribute – our diversity is unearthing some wonderful perspectives that will help build a strong future.”

Submissions to The Queensland Plan are open until 30 August 2013 at www.qld.gov.au/queenslandplan. A summit will be held in Brisbane on 9 and 10 October 2013 where the results of all the engagement from throughout Queensland will be discussed and prioritised into a clear direction for The Queensland Plan.  The plan will be released in late 2013.

Key facts:

  • Only 4% separates the male and female respondents – 52% of Glass House surveys have been completed by males and 48 % by females
  • Baby Boomers (1946-1966) outweigh other age categories amounting to 54% of total respondents.
  • All of Queensland is represented with feedback received from every electorate

[ENDS] 30 July 2013

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