Team to help stay ahead of growth

PREMIER Anna Bligh has announced she will implement an advisory team to help Queensland tackle the challenges of population growth.

The announcement comes ahead of the Council of Australian Government (COAG) meeting where population growth, and planning for it, will be a key issue.

"Growth is real and I'm determined to tackle it head on and protect Queensland's unique lifestyle," Ms Bligh said.

"SEQ is the fastest growing region in the country and 2000 people call Queensland home every week. We have to seize this opportunity and get this right.

"Next year, we'll have a growth summit which is a great opportunity to bring together people from across Queensland to help us lead the nation into the next period of prosperity and continue to enjoy the best lifestyle in Australia.

"This team of experts, with a wealth of knowledge areas such as population trends, climate change, architecture, planning and industry, will play an important role in the summit."

"I'm looking for strong representation at the summit from regions, including mayors and community leaders to discuss issues including growth, liveability and sustainability, and public transport.

"COAG being held in Brisbane is a great chance to talk about these issues and I welcome the opportunity to sit around a table with the Prime Minister and state and territory leaders. Properly dealing with the challenges we face requires a national approach. I can think of nowhere better to do it than in Brisbane - in Australia's fastest growing region."

The seven-member group is:
  • Tim Flannery, 2007 Australian of the Year, leading scientist
  • Bernard Salt, leading demographer and trend forecaster
  • Michael Rayner, Qld director of Architecture firm Cox Rayner
  • Dyan Currie, Qld president, Planning Institute of Australia
  • Brendan Gleeson, Professor of Urban Policy, Griffith University
  • Heather Ridout, CEO Australian Industry Group
  • Ian Lowe, President of the Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Ms Bligh also announced today the South East Queensland Growth Summit would be held over two days next year on March 30-31.

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