Education key in plan feedback

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 Ipswich and the greater south-east Queensland region.

Member for Ipswich Ian Berry said feedback identified the key issues important to the future of the region.

"More than 40% of respondents to The Queensland Plan think we need to revise the way education is offered to make it practical and less standardised and relevant to future opportunities," he said.

"A large number also say education at all levels - school, home and community - is key.

"While there is still one month left to contribute to Queensland's 30-year vision, early analysis shows a range of factors contribute to building a sense of community in the region, including involvement in local events, volunteering and participation in projects.

"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."

Member for Ipswich West Sean Choat encouraged those who haven't provided their views to take advantage of this opportunity.

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

To have your say, go to qld.gov.au/queenslandplan



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