State Development Minister Jeff Seeney
State Development Minister Jeff Seeney

Plan must align with desire to drive economic growth: Seeney

A NEW regional plan for south-east Queensland is expected by the end of 2014 but the anticipated flood of submissions on the draft could push the time frame beyond December next year.

State Development Minister Jeff Seeney said the new plan must align with the LNP's desire to drive economic growth but, most importantly, must empower local government to effectively manage growth and plan for their communities.

He said his department would take as long as necessary in the public consultation process.

"We are looking to provide a regional context for and resolve competing state interests," he said.

"Although there is no statutory time frame for reviewing the current plan, a new plan is necessary because population growth and the economic context of the region have changed significantly since the last review in 2009.

"The new generation regional plan for SEQ will have a clear focus on land use issues that cannot be addressed by a single government or that involve the resolution of conflict between two or more state interests."

Mr Seeney said the key areas would be agriculture and resources; economic development; settlement pattern and urban form and transport and infrastructure.

He said a draft regional plan would be available for community consultation by mid-2014 and he expected a wide range of views.

"It is right and proper that everybody who has a view about the potential changes or about the future of the SEQ regional plan should have every opportunity to have their voices heard and to put a case for the particular point of view that they hold.," he said.

"At the end of the day, the new regional plan will be about ensuring the future of south-east Queensland and it will align with the government's policy of driving economic growth for the benefit of all Queenslanders."