Lockyer Valley councillor Kathy McLean, Ipswich State High School captain Gabrielle Murphy and RDA chairman Jamie Quinn contribute to the Regional Leaders Forum.
Lockyer Valley councillor Kathy McLean, Ipswich State High School captain Gabrielle Murphy and RDA chairman Jamie Quinn contribute to the Regional Leaders Forum. Claudia Baxter

Future set to be mapped out

WHAT'S at stake is the future of the Ipswich region.

Regional Development Australia's "roadmap" for the Ipswich and West Moreton region, to be developed by August this year, will provide grassroots feedback about how people want to live and work.

About 100 regional leaders took part in the RDA's forum on Wednesday at UQ Ipswich which carried the title "Talking Sustainable Development".

RDA chairman Jamie Quinn said the Roadmap 2012/13 would be the basis of input to the next five-year SEQ Regional Plan developed by the State Government.

Water resources, agricultural land and airshed quality were identified as possibly "at risk".

"Our intention is to have the draft by the end of June," Mr Quinn said.

"The key thing going forward for the Federal and State governments is we've got to ensure we're not competing with each other.

"People want quality of life.

"They want a balance of environment and economic growth.

"Sustainable development of the region is getting a balance that works so that future generations can provide for themselves.

"I think that governments generally are very aware of the sustainable development issue."

Mr Quinn said coal seam gas was a critical issue in the development of south-east Queensland.

RDA has mapped out mining and floodplain areas in the Ipswich region - including coal seam gas wells. Anyone wanting to submit to the Roadmap 2012/2013 should go to rdaiwm.org.au.



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