As regional Queenslanders, we want to prepare for the future to ensure we have strong economies that create jobs, seize emerging economic opportunities, secure our quality of life and build resilient towns and healthy communities.
Our farmers play a vital role in providing the food and fibre that Queensland relies on - they are the backbone of our state. Tourism operators provide the gateway for millions of visitors to experience our natural wonders. As the original custodians of the land, Traditional Owners lead the way on connection to country and culture.
We want strong regional plans that increase sustainable agricultural production and value-adding, promote manufacturing and tourism, and which capitalise on new opportunities in clean energy production, manufacture and export and the carbon market.
We’re seeking to ensure that key assets which are the foundation of our regional economies are legally protected from mining and unconventional gas.
We need these basic protections for our priority agricultural areas, townships, strategic cropping land, key natural areas and cultural assets.
The benefits of strong and effective plans are increased certainty for all parties, so that landholders, businesses and farmers can plan ahead with confidence.
As regional communities, we can grow Queensland, keep our key assets safe, and diversify our economies to set us up for the long term.