Locals urged to plan our future

EARLIER this year more than 500 delegates from around Queensland gathered to develop a set of six questions, which would be used to form the basis of the Queensland 30 Year Plan.

Tomorrow Warwick residents have been invited to have their say and put together some answers for the six questions at a workshop in the Warwick Town Hall.

Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell and Local Member Lawrence Springborg will host the meeting.

Cr Blundell said it was important for residents of all ages to attend, but particularly the younger generation.

"It is an opportunity for people to have a say in what they want their community to be like in the future," he said.

"I know it will be a challenge to get young people to come along and have their say, but in the end they are going to be the ones who are affected by the outcomes.

"It is often said that regional Queensland does not get much of a say when it comes to state issues, but this is our chance to be heard."

Cr Blundell said the workshop would involve dividing into groups and working through the questions.

"There will be butcher's paper and everything," he said.

"The aim is to capture the ideas of the community so that the group of delegates from this region can refine them into a report they can present at the next meeting in October."

Mr Springborg said he was looking forward to hearing what Southern Downs residents had to say in relation to the six questions.

"It is a chance for the people of Warwick to have their opinions heard on what they want the state to look like in the next 30 years," he said.

"I strongly encourage everyone to get involved."

Mr Springborg said that the Queensland Government would actively support the plan's development and local communities would drive its formation.

There will also be a workshop held in Stanthorpe on August 27 from 5-7pm at the Civic Centre Supper Room.

Anyone with any queries can contact the electorate office on 4681 2160.

Alternatively, information can be found on ww.qld.gov.au/queenslandplan.

Meeting information

When: Tomorrow

Time: 5-7pm

Where: Warwick Town Hall

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