The Queensland Plan is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Queenslanders to help shape the future of our state

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier of Queensland

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Earlier in the week I launched The Queensland Plan – a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Queenslanders to help shape the future of our state. Pulling together The Queensland Plan will be a collaborative effort, which will involve the community, industry and all levels of government in setting the long-term vision for the state.

All Queenslanders will have the chance to contribute their ideas about where they want our state to be in 30 years’ time. This is not a state government plan – it will be a road map developed by all Queenslanders, for all Queenslanders. Engagement with the community will be driven at the grassroots by local MPs, with all 89 members of the Queensland Parliament being invited to take part. They will be asked to bring a diverse group of their constituents to a summit in Mackay on 10 May to determine which questions we need to ask Queenslanders to help develop our long-term vision. The summit will give people a chance to discuss the best ways of engaging local communities.

Quite simply, a one-size fits all approach will not work and I expect localised plans about community outreach to be put in place. If people can’t take part in the traditional methods, we will have a comprehensive website set up which will let people pass on their thoughts and opinions towards the plan.

A second summit will be held in September to review and prioritise all the information gathered for the plan, and The Queensland Plan is due for release before the end of the year.

I hope all Queenslanders will take the opportunity to help shape our state, because we need to work together to create our long-term future filled with opportunity for all.

Road safety
The next step in our road safety public education campaign is a blitz on seatbelts, which are the single most effective way of reducing the severity of injuries in a car accident. Sadly, it seems that message is just not getting through to some people with more than one-in-five people who died on Queensland roads last year not wearing a seatbelt.

The blitz by Queensland Police is being run in conjunction with an advertising campaign highlighting what can happen to a human body in a crash when not wearing a seatbelt. In the past five years, an average 33 people have died each year when not wearing their seatbelt, and this is simply too many deaths that may well have been avoided by simply buckling up.

New cadet program
I’m pleased to report that a review of the Emergency Services Cadet program has seen it re-emerge bigger and better than ever. The new PCYC Emergency Services Cadet program has been expanded to include closer links with all emergency services and, for the first time, a connection with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) through a partnership with the Police Citizens Youth Club and Emergency Management Queensland. From now on, cadets will not only learn new skills from the SES, Fire and Ambulance Services, they will also have firm ties with the QPS, giving them a better understanding of what each service offers, and in turn, what they can offer each service. Each cadet will also automatically become a member of the PCYC and will be encouraged to take part in all of the organisation’s activities, including youth leadership programs.

The new-look program is a golden opportunity for young people to launch a career in emergency services by giving them a taste of the roles available to them, and a greater involvement with serving staff. The PCYC will be in touch with SES and former cadet groups to bring young people onboard and to fill them in on how the new program will run.

As seen in bmag issue 253