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Decentralisation of govt depts may bring jobs

Premier Campbell Newman at a media conference at the Urangan boat harbour.
Premier Campbell Newman at a media conference at the Urangan boat harbour. Alistair Brightman

UPDATE: Premier Campbell Newman has launched the Queensland Plan and opened the Local Government Association conference at the Hervey Bay Boat Club. 

The 30-year plan provided key goals on jobs, the economy and the importance of growing regional towns.

Mr Newman said decentralisation of government departments from Brisbane to the regions would be one possibility for bringing jobs to the Fraser Coast.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell agreed, and said departments such as agriculture and main roads would benefit from being based on the Fraser Coast.

The Premier also cited reduced waiting lists in Fraser Coast health services as evidence the government was investing in the region.

EARLIER: Hervey  Bay's boat harbour is the backdrop for a three-day conference which will see the Premier pop in for a visit, and council delegates from across the state discussing the future of regional Queensland.

A tour of the region's development hot spots - St Stephen's Private Hospital, Stockland and the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere - marked the beginning of the Local Government Association of Queensland's Regional and Economic Development conference at the Boat Club.

Thursday morning's formalities will include Premier Campbell Newman's unveiling of the Queensland Plan, a 30-year vision which, according to LGAQ president Margaret de Wit, "signals the importance of investing in regions".

She said the conference gave guests the chance to debate and discuss current government policy, industry priorities and tourism.

Delegates from the Local Government Association of Queensland Economic Development Conference visit the Discovery Sphere in Pialba before the conference gets under way.
Delegates from the Local Government Association of Queensland Economic Development Conference visit the Discovery Sphere in Pialba before the conference gets under way. Alistair Brightman

Topics:  campbell newman, conference, hervey bay, hervey bay boat club, lgaq, premier




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