The next Action Plan to take Queensland forward over the coming six months is soon to be released, writes Premier Campbell Newman

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier of Queensland

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I hope everyone has had the chance to have a break over the Christmas and New Year period. For me, I savoured the opportunity to spend some family time with Lisa and the girls on a driving holiday for a couple of weeks.

It’s hard to believe that it has been almost two years since my government was given the gigantic task of getting Queensland back on track.

The end to 2013 marked the end of my Government’s Six Month Action Plan released in July last year.  The Six Month Action Plan shows our continued focus on growing Queensland’s four pillar economy, lowering the cost of living for families, delivering better infrastructure and restoring accountability in Government.

My team successfully ticked off all 124 items outlined in the Plan which follows the delivery of all commitments from two previous Action Plans.

We committed to share with all Queenslanders exactly what the Government’s priorities are to make this state a better place to live and do business in.

Key achievements from the July to December 2013 Six Month Action Plan included:

  • Recruited 130 additional police, on top of normal recruitment levels as part of our commitment to recruit an extra 1100 police officers.
  • Established three additional boot camps for troubled youth in Rockhampton, Townsville and Fraser Coast.
  • Developed and released the working draft of The Queensland Plan – a 30 year vision for Queensland.
  • Commenced the twelve month blitz on waiting lists for cochlear implements.
  • Began the roll out of rapid testing in Queensland allowing quick screening for HIV that will cut waiting times results from three months to half an hour.
  • Released the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Legacy Plan for Queensland.
  • Hosted the first Queensland Small Business week to celebrate the importance of small business.


You can read the full Six Month Action Plan Report online by visiting

This isn’t a time for our Government to take the foot off the pedal though, we will soon release our next Action Plan to take Queensland forward over the next six months.

Tennis at the Brisbane International

Before I finish I must congratulate one of Australia’s great sportsmen Lleyton Hewitt. He showed sheer determination and athleticism to beat tennis great Roger Federer at the Brisbane International earlier this month.

Now in its fourth year, the Brisbane International has proven to be a favourite for both spectators and players for the start of the tennis circuit, with this year’s event attracting a record crowd of 105,730.

Congratulations to all involved and I look forward to another nail-biting tournament next year.