Plan demands: Gladstone wants better deal for community

GLADSTONE residents' voices will be heard, Independent Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham said as she set off to Brisbane for the next Queensland Plan summit on October 9-10.

After the region placed a greater significantly higher importance on diversifying its economy and industries compared to the rest of the state, Ms Cunningham said she would be delivering that message to fellow constituents at the summit to ensure the region's desires priorities of the region are included represented in the final version of the Queensland Plan.

The last summit in Mackay covered the responses related to six questions about based at understanding what different regions felt they needed.

The questions covered issues aspects including how to turn local mindsets from a selfish one view to a pro community-wide view, structuring the economy for the future, empowering communities to embrace active and healthy lifestyles and helping them retaining their brightest minds.

Ms Cunningham was joined by three local delegates from various backgrounds at both the Mackay and Brisbane summits and she said she was stepping into the slightly unknown when she headed to the next meeting.

"It's a little bit unclear what to expect but all of the feedback from across the state will be brought together so I'm expecting there will be attitudinal as well as tactical targets created from this summit," she said.

"Our (Gladstone) feedback was very much focused on having communities able to survive, grow and benefit from the industrial developments we are experiencing at the moment."

While the Queensland Plan is in essence a 30-year plan designed to safeguard the state's future, of the state, Ms Cunningham said focus was also needed to placed on the nearer future.

"Thirty years is a macro plan," she said.

"We also need to plan for the more immediate future as we go," she said.

"I expect to see a document come out of this week's summit, but it won't be wholly specific as you simply can't get too specific with a 30-year plan."

One interesting aspect that came out of the Plan Report was the region's penchant for "tough love" when it came to their children.

Nineteen per cent of Fitzroy/Central region respondents felt that less cocooning of kids in relation to real world issues and increased discipline was the best way to teach skills and values to meet global challenges, the second highest support in the state.