South East Queenslanders invited to help shape the region
SOUTH East Queenslanders are being urged to have their say and help shape the Palaszczuk Government's planning blueprint for the region's future.
In launching the six-week 'Shaping SEQ conversation', Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Jackie Trad, encouraged the public to share ideas and help create a vision for the South East Queensland Regional Plan, which is currently under review.
"South East Queensland is a fantastic place to live and a new regional plan will help us to shape the way we grow, live, connect and prosper as a sustainable community, while still maintaining our enviable lifestyle," Ms Trad said.
"Our population is changing both in size, demographics and how we live. Our economy is restructuring with a shift to the services and knowledge industries while technology is changing the way we live, work and travel.
"A growing and changing population, when managed properly through a regional plan, can drive change for the better, however, there are important planning decisions to be made.
"The population in SEQ is expected to increase by approximately 2 million people to 5.3 million by 2041, creating a need for 900,000 more dwellings. Each year, this will bring about 80,000 extra residents needing 36,000 homes across the region.
"We expect to see an increase in smaller households, due to more young people entering the market, more single-person households and older people downsizing. This will create a need for more diversity in housing and affordable living.
"We need to accommodate this shift and plan for a region which is well-designed, provides a diverse range of affordable living, and accommodates jobs and economic growth.
"Our review of the regional plan will also focus on proximity to employment, support the already existing trend towards more compact communities and provide better access to open space for recreation."
Ms Trad said over the next six weeks South East Queenslanders could get involved in the 'Shaping SEQ conversation' by visiting ideas hubs at various community events across the region, or submitting feedback online.
"We want to ensure the SEQ regional plan reflects the values, needs and great ideas of the community," Ms Trad said.
"We're asking residents to tell us what they value about South East Queensland and share ideas about how our region can continue to transform into a place where people of all ages, backgrounds and interests want to live.
"I encourage as many South East Queenslanders as possible to take part in the conversation, particularly our younger generation, because any decisions we make now will have the greatest impact on their future."
The 'Shaping SEQ conversation' is the first step in the review of the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031. The new plan will provide South East Queensland with a 50-year outlook, underpinned by a 25 year planning framework for the first time.
To find a Shaping SEQ ideas hub near you, or to have your say online, visit qld.gov.au/shapingSEQ