A 148-point checklist has been set to boost the economy and government accountability in six months
Premier of Queensland
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Boy have we hit the ground running! On my first day back from a much needed Christmas break I announced another 148 priority items on a checklist as part of a new Six Month Action Plan for the start of 2013 to boost the economy, improve accountability in government and to make the community a safer place. Delivering on this plan will further increase business confidence and create job opportunities, further streamline government procedures and reduce the cost of living for families.
The Six Month Action Plan, from January to July 2013, is divided clearly under five key areas: law and community safety, environment and resources, health and community development, economic growth and infrastructure, and government and accountability.
Last week, I visited the Emergency Services complex at Kedron to announce $18.4million in funding for 130 new ambulances to be delivered across Queensland. Queenslanders can also expect to see more paramedics on the road with 60 additional ambulance officers to be hired in the coming months. They will be highly trained officers who will deliver world-class care to Queenslanders day and night.
My government has made significant progress to set Queensland back on track and we will continue to work hard to get things done.
You can follow our progress online at www.qld.gov.au. Those who followed our previous Action Plan would have noticed we successfully ticked off every one of the 149 items it contained.
The Six Month Action Plan includes:
• Conduct and promote a statewide amnesty campaign for illegal and unregistered firearms
• Funding for 700 schools to clear maintenance backlog
• Develop and publish standardised outcome-focused model conditions for mining approvals
• Release government’s youth strategy
• Commence our response to the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce
• Implement new patient travel subsidy scheme
• Establish Queensland Mental Health Commission
• Launch 30-year strategic plan for agriculture
• Develop 30-year water strategy and release for public consultation
• Establish Economic Development Queensland
• Finalise Commonwealth Games master plan
• Commence construction on 1 William Street tower in the city
• Streamline blue card application process.
No sooner was I back at work than I was on a plane out to regional Queensland to hear about the issues that are affecting people out there. Sometimes, here in the south east, it’s easy to forget about the contribution being made by people in the regions; people who play an invaluable role in the prosperity of the state.
It was brilliant to get back out there and see first-hand the hard work people in Cairns, Hope Vale, Townsville, Ingham, Mt Isa, Emerald and Rockhampton are doing; delivering for Queensland in a range of endeavours, both social and economic. To our unsung heroes of the bush and regions, we say thank you.