Infrastructure Minister Jackie Trad says regional areas are vital to Queensland's economy.
Infrastructure Minister Jackie Trad says regional areas are vital to Queensland's economy. Jorge Branco

Regional cities need to diversify for growth: draft plan

A DRAFT plan has called for regional Queensland to diversify in the face of a changing economy.

The Queensland Government's Draft Infrastructure plan said opening up new economic areas was vital to regional Queensland growing.

"For many regional communities, diversification will be essential to their long-term economic sustainability and resilience so they can endure hard times and build on their traditional strengths," it read.

"Queensland's regions are diversifying their economies by seeking out new opportunities following a decline in mining investment and the impacts of drought."

Speaking in parliament on Tuesday, Infrastructure Minister Jackie Trad said Queensland's regions were a vital part of the state's economy.

"While much of Queensland's expected population growth will be centred on south-east Queensland and coastal centres, the plan also considers the needs of rural and regional communities," she said.

"Changes in mining sector investment and the impacts of drought mean diversification will be essential to their long-term economic sustainability. Economic growth in these areas will depend on the success of supply chains and connections to port, rail and road infrastructure."

But Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg criticised the plan, calling it a "thought bubble" that announced nothing new.

"There is not one single specific solution to the infrastructure problem in Queensland," he said.

"What we have seen this year in their budget is $10 billion worth of rollover capital works from the LNP era. We see a draft thought bubble which at best contains the LNP's infrastructure plan."

- APN NEWSDESK



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