I’d like to wish everyone all the best for a safe and happy Christmas period.

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier of Queensland

Have you got something to say about issues affecting Brisbane? email me at premier@bmag.com.au

Christmas greetings! I assure you that the energy and enthusiasm with which my Government has approached our first two years in office will not flag, and that we’ll be back in January to keep making Queensland the best place possible to work, live, and raise a family.

The Queensland Plan

A working draft of The Queensland Plan was released earlier this month, detailing Queenslanders’ vision for the next 30 years of our state.

One of the key themes outlined in the draft is the notion of regionalisation; that Queenslanders want half of our population living outside South East Queensland by 2044.

That means a greater role for our major regional centres, better infrastructure and roads, schools, hospitals and community facilities.

Queenslanders also want 100 per cent of children having basic literacy and numeracy when they leave primary school and the lowest incidence of preventable diseases in Australia.

A final version of The Queensland Plan is expected to be released by mid-2014, which will then be enshrined in legislation and used to inform all Government policy.

The working draft is on the website www.qld.gov.au/queenslandplan and will be available for review between now and 7 March 2014.


Tourism numbers

I’m proud of what we’ve achieved on the tourism front following years of Labor’s neglect of the industry.

My Government has focused on its significance to the State, naming it one of the four pillars of our economy.

Recent visitors statistics show tourists are flocking to Brisbane with the number of international visitors increasing 5.5 per cent to 981,000 and expenditure increasing 4.6 per cent to $1.6 billion.

Domestically, total visitors increased 3.1 per cent to 5.04 million, a whopping 17 per cent in holiday visitors to 1.4 million and we saw a 5.1 per cent increase in expenditure to $3.24 billion. This is fantastic for the Queensland economy.