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									                  Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland
                          Community Forum
                             Hosted by Acting Premier Paul Lucas

                                   Tuesday 23 September 2008
                                          6pm to 8pm

                           Location: Central Queensland University

Toward Q2 Tomorrow’s Queensland Community Forum ................................ 1
  Strong: Creating a diverse economy powered by bright ideas ..................... 1
    2020 Target: Queensland is Australia’s strongest economy, with
    infrastructure that anticipates growth ........................................................ 1
    2020 Target: Protect 50 per cent more land for nature conservation and
    public recreation ....................................................................................... 4
  Smart: Delivering world class education and training ................................... 4
    2020 Target: All children will have access to a quality early childhood
    education so they are ready for school ..................................................... 4
    2020 Target: Three out of four Queenslanders will hold trade, training or
    tertiary qualifications ................................................................................. 5
  Healthy: Making Queenslanders Australia’s healthiest people ..................... 6
    2020 Target: Cut by one third obesity, smoking, heavy drinking and
    unsafe sun exposure ................................................................................ 6
    2020 Target: Queensland will have the shortest public hospital waiting
    times in Australia ...................................................................................... 7
  Fair: Supporting safe and caring communities ............................................. 8
    2020 Target: Halve the proportion of Queensland children living in
    households without a working parent ........................................................ 8
    2020 Target: Increase by 50 per cent the proportion of Queenslanders
    involved in their communities as volunteers ............................................. 9

Strong: Creating a diverse economy powered by bright ideas
2020 Target: Queensland is Australia’s strongest economy, with
infrastructure that anticipates growth

        Environmental impact statement and social impact statements: when an
         industry is being established in each community a contribution is made for
         infrastructure and social infrastructure. For example, a percentage of the
         budget is allocated within the project towards the town.
        All levels of government and industry work together collectively to support and
         develop local infrastructure.
        Industries building and subsidising and supporting accommodation so that
         people become permanent residents rather than fly in/fly out. This needs to
         be planned at the beginning of new projects.
        The availability of land – government and industry needs to work together.

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     Research why workers choose to fly in and out.
     Welcoming workers into the community.
     Lengthening of the retail trading hours – licensing?
     Subsidised public transport – service to community.
     We need to build small businesses in line with industry growth.
     Need to invest in child care, child safety, families (soft industry).
     Major industries need to buy locally.
     Look at developing industries that are sustainable in the longer term after the
     Link between different plans ie 2020 and Gladstone Vision 2028.
     Economy is very dependent on aluminium industry – so need to have other
      industries coming along.
     Promote the benefits of the Gladstone harbour.
     Fast train network in regional Queensland – linking communities and social
     Percentage of overall costs – industry/ infrastructure eg 10% of project costs/
      royalties goes to council/ infrastructure.
     Regionalisation to stop the ‘South East Queensland’ glut.
     No balance between industry and social infrastructure – industry to pay share
      of infrastructure. Government to provide funds back to the community.
     Existing systems to be strengthened, existing EI processes.
     Regional development and sense of community – how do we do it – motivate
      each other – connectedness of people.
     Accessing infrastructure, services.
     Volunteering – hoops to jump through – difficult to volunteer – making
      volunteering achievable – less onerous.
     How do we make Queensland the 21st Century state?
     Responsibility amongst society – responding society rather than demanding

2020 Target: Increase by 50 per cent the proportion of Queensland
businesses undertaking research and development or innovation

     Tax incentives for new business start up with capital and development and
     Reduce red tape – easier and less restrictions.
     Venture capital – how we support the innovations to keep them in
     Partnerships and researching with universities – funding opportunities.
     Encouraging small businesses to use research literature through education
      and communicating it, easy access to knowledge.
     Make people more aware of the incentives.
     Definition – are we able to do that?
     Recognise that it is an individual businesses responsibility.
     Create better tax incentives for Research and Development.
     Government surplus allocated to innovative programs on a subsidy basis.
      Stronger incentives not just for assets but innovative risks and research.
     Inventions go off shore because of no local investment.
     Incentive to invest in our own people and ideas.
     Incentive – reductive in legislative restraints, does not come from industry as
      they do not have funding or legislation stops them from practicing their

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     Partnering with local organisations – eg university.
     No interconnection between areas, how is information and research pooled
      (eg, between Government, industry and universities)? Coordinated response.
      Mechanisms that allow us to do this without legal implications.
     People doing research go overseas to share information.

Green: Protecting our lifestyle and environment
2020 Target: Cut by one third Queenslanders’ carbon footprint
with reduced car and electricity use

     Reduce tax/incentives for businesses offering lease arrangements for
      employees/businesses/communities for cars with greater ticks of greenhouse
     Bike paths from outer areas into Gladstone.
     Energy ratings and rebates on vehicles as on appliances.
     More public transport available at peak hours.
     A review of expenditure on road infrastructure to support alternative transport.
      Encouraging transport by train.
     Reduction of semi-trailers – use trains.
     To encourage and enhance the confidence in personal safety on public
     To expand the availability of public transport.
     To encourage the use of thermal/solar heating and energy with consideration
      of conversion costs. All new homes to have solar panels.
     Encourage industry to make solar panels using new technology.
     Education with children in reducing electricity use which would transfer to
     Campaigns to switch off when not in use, one master switch to turn all off
      when exiting home?
     Industries working together to recycle water second and third times together,
      and other steam emissions.
     Improve public transport – stop building roads for cars.
     Clean coal technology.
     Community is not going to accept turning business away.
     Wind and solar energy for communities where appropriate.
     Every house can have solar panels.
     More incentives for home solar use (perhaps incentives aimed at high cost in
      maintenance for solar).
     More affordable solar power.
     Long term maintenance needs to be considered for solar.
     Public transport system with rail.
     Greater use of public transport.
     Fast train network.
     Integrated bus services in local communities which need to be subsidised by
      the state government.
     Industry bus services during operational periods as well as construction
     Bike paths and walking tracks.
     Incentives for people to get places without being on the road.
     Competitions to encourage car pooling etc.

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      Greater investment in innovative practice eg master switch for residual
      Solar power subsidies.
      More use of natural light.
      Subsidies for water tanks.
      Legislated design to create ‘smarter’ homes.
      Increase the amount of solar heaters/electricity – large subsidy from
      Revise criteria for subsidy and look at consistency for subsidy.
      Interest free loan to do this – pay off monthly on electricity bill.
      Turn off every second street light (certain times).
      A public transport system that is not disadvantaging anyone. Gas busses.
      Better use of grey water in homes.
      Recycling.

2020 Target: Protect 50 per cent more land for nature conservation
and public recreation

      Zoning of land.
      Reducing exotic weeds in national parks.
      Town planning – green spaces included in all new development to increase
       with walkways between them.
      Decentralisation – rural towns and encouragement of.
      Government needs to buy from landholders.
      Individual community and business approach – wider approach required eg:
       in wills.
      Investigate registers/facility already exist – State Government needs to
       access these registers.
      Government needs to manage its investments.
      Promoting what is available.
      Government could do more to create awareness.
      Encouragement to create family/ school fruit and vegetable plots.
      Minimum standards for all new developments eg set area for development
       and conservation/ recreation.
      Bike and cycle paths.
      Don’t concentrate industry in one area.
       Facilitate ways of using private land for public use (eg, motor cycling,
       camping, and horse riding).

Smart: Delivering world class education and training
2020 Target: All children will have access to a quality early
childhood education so they are ready for school

      More flexibility in parents staying at home during formative years.
      More teacher training and places in universities, more scholarships/bursaries
      Rural scholarship places.
      Public education campaign re benefits of early childhood education.

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      Need to provide a balanced community through providing more early
       childhood education facilities.
      Should be pre-school at a year younger – would be helping the childcare
      Encourage parents to read to children at an early age.
      Children should be taught to read from an early age. Need to get a grip on
       education early. Increases their ability to obtain employment later on.
      Educating parents around early literacy and numeracy development.
      Need to resource families to enable them to achieve these aims.
      Support for families who have low literacy levels.
      Access to reading materials at early childhood centres and clinics.
      Attraction strategies – need more early childhood teachers – what incentives,
       scholarships can be offered?
      Tertiary Education capacity needs investigation – focus on regional capacity
       to deliver.
      Infrastructure/ resources for future early childhood strategies.
      Children, who are strong, healthy, green, smart.
      Access to sporting facilities, open areas and parks.
      Needs to be broader than education and training.
      Ability for parents to stay at home when children are young – empower
       parents to spend more time when children younger.
      Tax incentives for parents to stay at home when children are younger eg:
       incentives like child care.
      Greater need for parents to be educated on how to be parents – programs
       are there but people aren’t accessing them. Need to disperse information
       and be repetitive. Need to have continual flow of information.
      Role modelling – need to be more courteous and respectful amongst each
      Need to reconcile ourselves to our history – that is what gives us our morality
       – significant divide in our culture.
      More early childhood services in Qld.
      Early childhood services being closed down for large developments –
      Costs – too high. Make more accessible.
      Qualifications for staff and lack of.
      Location – accessible to families. (eg, education service in one area,
       childcare, kindys, schools and after school care).
      Facilities are community centres.
      Life long learning.

2020 Target: Three out of four Queenslanders will hold trade,
training or tertiary qualifications

      Make science compulsory up to year 12.
      Years 9 and 10 need more focus on their career paths, to offer more
       awareness and support of their opportunities with the student and parents.
      More disciplining in schools.
      Financial assistance to be offered to study to be doctors and then bonded
       back to service.
      More scholarships for indigenous people with conditions to practice in their

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     Diversify the teaching skills and increase the ratio of teacher to child to
      support children with disabilities and behavioural problems.
     Get industry involved in schools to learn business management and trades.
     Continual education throughout life eg: how to prepare yourself for death.
     Some people do not fit the mould – what do we do about it – hands on
      training just not in the class room.
     Value and nurture difference.
     Provide mature age education through the STEPS course.
     Recognition that education is lifelong and needs to be diverse.
     School students to start a trade through the school system.
     Schools to link with industries re apprenticeships, trade training etc.
     Parents to promote school programs to the broader community / industry.
     Regional infrastructure / capacity from RTOs.
     Value trade as equal to tertiary qualifications.
     Long term view with respect to engaging women in trades.
     Need long term solution / planning to attract people to take up trades – skilling
      solutions. Coordinated approach. Funding levy on industry.
     Flexibility in career education – addressed with young people while involved
      in schooling. Broaden young people’s understanding of the scope of
      industrial careers.
     Build on what we already have. Improve/ enhance eg TAFE. Less reliance
      on private providers.
     Wider variety of courses and information provided to students looking and
      trade and industry. Information pertaining to outside of local area.
     Local professionals and broader community to provide information and advice
      to high school students, not just trades people.
     Break down barriers between school and work. Create models and programs
      to help students cope with the transition. (Gladstone has Gladstone Schools
      Engineering Centre).
     People are paid to undertake trades; however students have to pay to go to
      university – equity.
     Some industry pays for tradespeople to undertake university studies.

Healthy: Making Queenslanders Australia’s healthiest people
2020 Target: Cut by one third obesity, smoking, heavy drinking
and unsafe sun exposure

     Education within all schools as early as possible, cultural change with peer
      pressure from other children.
     Mandatory physical exercise in schools.
     Sun covers to be installed over recreation facilities.
     Medical models to be more focussed on prevention and health promotion –
     Total ban on smoking.
     Fast food places.
     Educate people about choices.
     Development of fun run for Gladstone – pay schools per student to participate
      in the run – focus on healthy.
     Incentives eg: sporting equipment.
     Get developers to look at physically active car parks.

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     Change people’s mindsets from convenience.
     Need community to do it collectively.
     Healthy food choices need to be built into everyday life.
     Hydration charts in the toilets at every school, as well as in all public toilets.
     Better educate people through messages.
     Scare campaigns eg grim reaper.
     Raise awareness at all ages.
     Physical culture program before school and also in workplaces.
     Government subsidised programs for exercise and health.
     Awareness and education.
     Need to learn health risks associated with drinking, smoking, sun exposure
     Need to better understand causes behind excessive drinking, smoking etc.
     Financial consequences of drinking, smoking etc need to be highlighted.
     Gov program for healthy community is a good initiative. Need to get all
      stakeholders involved.
     Protection for young people around ‘unhealthy’ advertising. Regulations
     More social opportunities for young people that don’t involve drinking.
     Instead of taxing alto-pops, lower alcohol levels in these drinks.
     Raising tax on alcohol or tax is not working – need new thinking.
     Medicare or Qld Gov rebates for gym fees and other sporting fees and equip.
     Multi disciplinary health centres (Hub?).

2020 Target: Queensland will have the shortest public hospital
waiting times in Australia

     To have more nurse practitioners.
     Reduce administration.
     Increase the access and availability of child care for health professionals and
      all industries on site.
     The standard of facilities to be increased so that patients are not medi-
      evacuated out, these numbers need to be included in local and regional
     Road conditions – road driver safety.
     Put more beds in emergency wards.
     Hospital needs to be able to cater for an industrial emergency in this industrial
     School road safety program to be expanded and mandatory in high school
      before gaining a license
     State and federal governments need to get together on how to work out the
      best way to administer a hospital system.
     More doctors, nurses and medical staff for hospitals need to be provided.
     People with private health cover shouldn’t use public hospitals.
     Questionnaire for whether you have private health cover before admission to
      public hospitals.
     Promote defensive driving courses to learner drivers to reduce accidents.
     Should be more emphasis on primary health care approach.
     Look for other sources of funding for public hospitals.
     Community fitness programs.
     Plan for population growth. Infrastructure required.

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     Mental health – more local services required.
     Fast train network to facilitate more services in all areas. Needs a whole of
      government approach. Linking health & transport services.
     24 hour medical centres – rotational basis.
     Promotion of health professions through schools in the same way as trades/
      tertiary groups.
     More tertiary places for medical professionals.
     Remove some of the limits on access to medical profession.
     Hospitals as training grounds for nurses.
     Short term – increase staffing (doctors, nurses etc).
     Increase infrastructure so professionals will seek employment in regional
     Means testing public hospitals.
     Educate public that hospitals are for acute and medical emergencies. Seek
      GP where possible.

Fair: Supporting safe and caring communities
2020 Target: Halve the proportion of Queensland children living in
households without a working parent

     Need to crack the cyclical cycle be addressing self-esteem issues – best to
      address at a young age.
     Need to accept that there will always be a proportion that don’t want to work
     Experience of work is important.
     Flexibility in the work force.
     Mentors that provide person with support until they are self sufficient.
     Initiative around providing affordable rental housing for low income parents.
     If receiving a benefit needs to be given the opportunity to work eg community
     Too easy to refuse work.
     Volunteering programs as entrée to paid work.
     Integrating communities.
     Provide greater employment opportunities.
     Creating self sustaining communities / micro business opportunities.
     Plan for future housing / education for indigenous people moving into
     Provide continued mentoring from early years to employment and within the
      employment environment ie the world of work.
     Public housing / issue of affordability of lower socio – economic groups.
     More job sharing / flexible work arrangements for people coming from non
      working backgrounds eg six hour shifts instead of twelve hour shifts.
     Go back to cause – why is this occurring?? Lack of incentive, self worth;
      don’t feel valued, single parents.
     One parent may require care, is this taken into consideration?
     Increase access to childcare for all children (including after school care).
      Cost of childcare is not affordable in comparison to wage. Not necessarily
     Retraining of people and making training more accessible (flexibility,

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     Encourage employers to take on part time workers & job sharing & flex
      working hours.
     Conditions attached to benefits that parents may receive (volunteer hours to
      receive payment).
     Single parents may choose to be at home with kids to bring them up.
     Possibility of looking at options after the first 5 years (ie this may not apply for
      children under 5)
     Youth – young people and crime.
     Need to put regional communities in the spotlight.
     Make people responsible for their own actions.
     Homelessness for elderly is a big problem.

2020 Target: Increase by 50 per cent the proportion of
Queenslanders involved in their communities as volunteers
     Less structure.
     Paper work required is too much.
     Employers need to be open to greater flexibility.
     Tax benefit for employers to encourage staff to volunteer during work time.
     Recognition of what a volunteer means eg: within family unit, work, and wider
     Shift work scenario encourages volunteering.
     Definition of volunteering needs to be redefined to include carers.
     Ask for 1hr from people.
     Organisations need to look at way they can volunteer and support people to
     More and more strict regulations being placed on volunteers – these needs to
      be reduced.
     Government subsidies on public liability and other costs.
     Central data base of volunteers.
     Target retirees.
     Reduce compliance/ administrative red tape.
     A voluntary component in work agreement.
     Target industries and companies for volunteers – proactive approach.
     Advertisements re the variety of volunteering opportunities eg giving blood.
     Attach conditions to payments.
     Blue cards – system to be revised – computer database with a flag system for
      renewal (process takes too long – but don’t want to compromise safety).
     Cost is too high for courses and blue cards etc to volunteer. Over regulated.
     Look at rewarding volunteers and volunteer associations.
     Awards – Government.
     Make funding applications more user friendly (easier) more people will
      become involved.
     Less red tape.
     Satisfaction and self worth.
     Social aspect and learning new skills.
     Volunteer management programs to be run locally.

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