Springborg pledges $495m investment in regions

aa4b532ce6da9493335bf553fb7c8136The State Opposition says if elected it would reinstate its $495 million Royalties for Regions program to help cities like Townsville get a “fair go” for infrastructure funding.

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg made the “first major announcement” since the Palaszczuk Government was elected while addressing LNP supporters at this weeks Latitudes North conference as reported by the Townsville Bulletin.

Mr Springborg was flanked by nine other shadow minsters and federal colleagues, including Herbert MP Ewen Jones and North Australia Minster Josh Frydenberg, throughout the three-day event.

Mr Springborg said the State Government had replaced the LNP’s $495 million Royalties for Regions initiative with a “smaller, shorter and narrower program”, highlighting a “lack of commitment” to regional development.

“In Townsville, $220 million less was spent in the Labor Party’s first budget for infrastructure than under the LNP and this is not good enough and this is not a fair go for North Queensland,” he said.

“This would make sure there is a real chance to be able to kickstart major investment across northern and the rest of regional Queensland.” To read more click here.

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Queensland Plan: strengthening Queensland regional areas

One of the top 5 priorities for Queensland according to The Queensland Plan is strengthening Queensland regional areas. Minister responsible for The Queensland Plan is The Honourable Andrew Powell MP, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection.

Creating a stronger sense of community cohesion and strengthening Queensland’s economy are the top two priorities across Queensland according to analysis of contributions to inform the development of The Queensland Plan, a 30-year vision for the state. Queenslanders also prioritised community health and well-being, balancing the economy with the environment and strengthening our regions as the top focus areas into the future. The Queensland Plan will be delivered by the end of the year.

Queensland Regional Areas

Queensland Map - strengthening regional areas

Queensland Map – strengthening regional areas

From the Far North Queensland the Region specific themes in a Colmar Brunton research report stated tha the top two key areas of focus for Far North Queensland residents aligned with total Queensland; community cohesion and to strengthen Queensland’s economy. However, the region placed a significantly stronger emphasis on balancing economic priorities with the environment:
1. Community cohesion – 86% (#1)
2. Strengthen Queensland’s economy – 85% (#2)
3. Balance economic priority with the environment – 73% (#4)
4. Foster community health and well-being – 71% (#3)
5. Strengthen our regions – 70% (#5).

Two specific sub areas of focus stood out for the Far North Queensland region:
1. Environmental sustainability; and
2. Being responsible for your own actions.

According to residents of Far North Queensland, environmental sustainability encompassed the conservation and protection of the environment and the provision of sustainable solutions. These residents had significantly higher levels of agreement with the conservation of water, produce and land (30%), the protection of wildlife, green corridors and the natural environment (27%) and the development of sustainable solutions including solar power (26%) as compared to total Queensland.
Being responsible for your own actions incorporated two generational groups – children and adults. Far North Queensland residents made significantly more mentions than total Queensland in support of cocooning children less to real world issues and to increase discipline (22%), as well as for people to take responsibility for their health and be charged for medical services they require (21%).

Providing education at all levels including school, home and the community to build pride (49%), diversifying the economy and industries (24%), investing in small towns and regions (22%) and emphasising the need for a common community vision for residents to ‘buy into’ (16%) were responses that had significantly higher levels of mentions than in total Queensland. Read More about the Queensland Plan.  

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Australian Regional Development Conference

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