University of Sunshine Coast Gympie Campus. Mr Graham Young of the USC Gympie Campus in the 70 seat theatre style presentation room.
University of Sunshine Coast Gympie Campus. Mr Graham Young of the USC Gympie Campus in the 70 seat theatre style presentation room. Tanya Easterby

Gympie voices strong opinions on the future

INCREASED investment in education, more practical study options and greater involvement in community activities are some of the initial ideas provided to The Queensland Plan from the Gympie and broader Wide Bay Burnett region.

Member for Gympie David Gibson said feedback had identified the key issues that were important for the future of the region.

"More than 40% of regional respondents to The Queensland Plan think we need to revise the way education is offered to personalise it for the student and make it relevant to future opportunities, and a large number also say education at all levels - school, home and community - is key," Mr Gibson said.

"Responses show a range of factors contributes to building a sense of community in the region, including involvement in local events, volunteering and participation in projects.

"While there is still one month left for people to contribute to Queensland's 30-year vision, early analysis shows we place importance on disciplining kids, and it needs to be instilled from an early age.

"There have been some really exciting ideas put forward by people in the region - subsidies to Australian farmers to make fresh local produce more widely available, greater focus on educating kids in politics, and harsher penalties for parents who do not send their kids to school."

More than 10,000 people from every corner of Queensland have responded to the six questions developed collaboratively by Queenslanders at the Mackay Summit. Queenslanders have had their say by attending local events, while others have gone online to share their ideas.

It is now even easier for locals to contribute their thoughts with responses to the questions added to The Queensland Plan website (

These provide an opportunity for local residents to comment on feedback from their fellow Queenslanders.

"Let's make sure that our community's voice is heard loud and clear in The Queensland Plan," Mr Gibson said.

"If you haven't had your say yet it's not too late. I encourage everyone to share their thoughts and ideas."

Submissions to The Queensland Plan are open until August 30, at

A summit will be held in Brisbane on October 9-10, where the results of all the engagement from throughout Queensland will be discussed and prioritised into a clear direction for The Queensland Plan.


Fast facts

  • A roughly equal amount of males and females have responded (51% males).
  • Baby Boomers (1946-1966) outweigh other age categories (44%).
  • The number of respondents is higher than other regions as a percentage of the Queensland population.