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Future of Queensland probed to develop blueprint for the state

Felicity Caldwell reports in the Brisbane Times (5.10.16) on analysis from Deloitte Access Economics of the Queensland economy and its possible future directions, in advance of a Deloitte report on this matter due early next year.

‘Queensland is struggling with a “lack of clear shared vision” for the future, according to a leading professional services firm. Deloitte Queensland managing partner John Greig said the state was feeling its way through a challenging transition from reliance on a sustained resources and construction boom.

‘”All Queenslanders – especially those in regional Queensland – are grappling with the same issue: the lack of a clear shared vision for the future of Queensland,” Mr Greig said. “In the absence of any shared sense of state-wide purpose or intent, many Queenslanders are struggling to know how best to respond.”

‘ … Deloitte Queensland has launched FutureNow, described as a way to start a conversation about a vision for Queensland in 2027. Over the next six months, Deloitte plans to work with government, communities, individuals and businesses to create a road map to a vital and successful Queensland.

‘The plan is described as a piece of “co-designed thought leadership” to develop an economic and broader policy narrative to help shape the future of Queensland.

‘Deloitte Access Economics chief executive officer Mike Kissane said the five key areas that would be important to the state over the next 10 years were tourism, agribusiness, education, health and ageing and transformation in energy and resourcing.

‘It is the first step in the Shaping Future Cities Queensland initiative, aimed to deliver a similar blueprint for Queensland in April 2017.’

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