You may have heard, national charity Youngcare has been given land at inner-north Brisbane to build new, innovative housing for young adults with 24/7 care needs.

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier of Queensland

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This development is the first of many new projects, with the Queensland Government inviting expressions of interest from the charitable and not-for-profit sector to develop surplus state-owned land.

The first surplus state-owned land given to Youngcare, at Thorrold Street, Wooloowin, is set to be used for the development of much needed age-appropriate housing. This project offers Queenslanders the opportunity to live an independent life.

The Queensland Government is committed to working with other charities and not-for-profit organisations to match land sites compatible with mission statements, and in line with local need. Program details can be found on the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning website.

Ekka timber home-grown
The Ekka has come and gone for another year. It was great to see Queenslanders from all across the state converge on the RNA showgrounds. Starting next year, under a new deal between the state government, the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies Inc. and the Queensland Axemen’s Association, the timber used at the wood chopping events at Queensland shows will be exclusively sourced from Queensland native forests.

The woodchop event is one of the oldest and most iconic events at the Ekka but in recent years has been supplied by interstate timber. This new arrangement will bring Queensland-grown timber to the arena. The 20-year deal will cut down on transport costs and guarantee locally-available supplies for all 81 of Queensland’s wood chopping events.

The Queensland Plan
With only 10 days to go, the response to the Queensland Plan has been fantastic. I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed thus far and encourage those who haven’t to have their say on Queensland’s future. More than 30,000 people from every corner of the state have responded to the six questions developed at the Mackay summit. Ideas include the overhauling of the economy to reduce our reliance on mining and placing greater emphasis on the role of agriculture and farming.

Honesty, fairness and openness
The Open Government Policy Forum held recently was a great success. This is an important step into the future as we encourage Queenslanders to think about honesty, fairness and openness in government and the broader public sector. We want to make sure these three fundamental elements become a key part of the process and outcomes for the state’s integrity system and it is important all Queenslanders have their say on how we make our integrity and accountability framework as strong and efficient as possible. A community survey and a series of discussion papers are now available on the Open Government website.

As seen in bmag issue 264