Working Draft of QLD Plan released after 78,000 consulted

APN NEWSDESKFOR what could be the most comprehensive public consultation effort ever attempted worldwide, including the views of 78,000 Queenslanders, there is now more work to be done.

The working draft of the sprawling Queensland Plan was released by Environment Minister and plan spokesman Andrew Powell.

It must now be polished and honed into achievable targets and goals so that it evolves from an over-arching plan into a list of objectives.

Already towns of Rockhampton and Toowoomba have launched campaigns and summits on doing their part with the plan, which includes a goal of having half the population living outside Brisbane within 30 years.

The government will this week begin releasing regional breakdowns of what it is learning from the Queensland Plan.

"For an area like the Sunshine Coast, (which includes Mr Powell's electorate) it talks more about the natural environment being a natural advantage, about growing the economy around the environment," Mr Powell said.

"For others, it is about regional opportunities that come by playing to their strengths of resources or agriculture but developing other sectors."

All the raw data from the project is now online at http://www.queenslandplan.qld.gov.au, alongside ways for Queenslanders to contribute.

"We readily acknowledge that we don't think we have it right," he said.

"Queenslanders need to jump online and have their say."

The draft will be available for comment until March 7, 2014.


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