Gladstone has its say on Queensland's 30-year vision
THE Queensland Plan is being formulated and community submissions to the 30-year vision for the state are currently being gathered.
The plan is a State Government initiative designed to have citizens engage in the process to help outline the future direction the state will take, to be delivered later this year.
Issues from how to create a more community-minded society, to structuring the state economy to ensure a strong future for Queensland children, are being discussed as the plan visits regional centres, to ensure all Queenslanders have their say.
For Gladstone, the Baby Boomer and Generation X portions of the region are being heard, while the State Government also revealed that female respondents in the Fitzroy and Gladstone areas outweighed their male counterparts in responding to the Queensland Plan survey so far.
In Gladstone and Fitzroy, 30% of respondents said better education was crucial to ensuring children inherited a resilient future.
A further 21% agreed that supporting and promoting small business was the key to structuring the state economy so it was able to survive and grow.
High-speed railway along the east coast was identified as a necessity to move the state forward, as well as expanding the ability to harness solar power in the western regions of the state.
Improving education was also seen as a critical part of the final plan.
"Having grade 11 and 12 high school children spending more time in the workforce learning a trade or working with volunteer community groups," was how one local respondent believed education could improve as the State Government encouraged more local residents to put forward their ideas.
Ideas from Gladstone and Fitzroy respondents
- "Give the community ownership of their open space."
- "Better town planning around smaller decentralised communities, better house planning around more open areas, street-facing areas to engage with neighbours, not brick boxes with giant fences."
- "Give a balanced education, not totally academic, practical as well."
- "Look at more training for chronically unemployed, and insure them so they can be the ones out mowing the gardens for our older citizens, feeding people in aged care facilities, taking people to outings or providing carers with in home respite for people with dementia or other serious medical issues."
- 23% agreed conservation was the key to strengthening Queensland's economic future.
- 23% believed diversifying the economy and industries would deliver economic strength.
What do you think is most important to consider for Queensland's future?
This poll ended on 01 September 2013.
Better open spaces for the community
Improved town planning
Balanced education that is practical as well as academic
More help for the unemployed and less fortunate
Taking care of our natural environment
Diversifying the economy and industries
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.