BRISBANE Oct 10 AAP - Half of Queensland's population and half of its public servants should live outside the southeast if the state is serious about regionalisation, Premier Campbell Newman says.

Mr Newman says changing Queensland's population dynamic will likely be a major objective in the state's comprehensive 30-year plan.

"It stands to reason that government must reflect that by having services out in the regions," Mr Newman told reporters at the Queensland Plan summit in Brisbane.

"If that's decided on, then I'm happy to say the government should commit to a long-term plan to actually have half of the public service outside southeast Queensland."

Mr Newman anticipates there will be about 200,000 Queensland public servants by 2043.

"That would mean you would have to have well and truly 100,000 people (government employees) outside southeast Queensland," he said.

Projections show Queensland's total population will increase to 7.8 million by 2043.

This means the population of regional Queensland will have to grow from 1.7 million to about 4 million over the next 30 years, Mr Newman said.

"We then have to craft policy and incentives right across the state to encourage that to occur," Mr Newman said.

He said tax breaks weren't necessarily the answer and local governments would have to work with the state to create jobs.

Delegates at the summit were also keen to see the capacity of the Bruce Highway increased.

Mr Newman said they wanted a four-lane highway from Brisbane to Cairns, with the section between the capital and the Sunshine Coast doubled to eight lanes.

Increasing life expectancy by 10 years in Queensland and improving older people's participation in the community are also likely to be among the targets in the blueprint.

The Queensland Plan will cover the economy, the environment, population growth, health, transport, communications and a range of other policy areas.

The plan is being shaped by 680 delegates who have travelled to Brisbane for the summit.

They have developed 39 goals, which will be reduced to 10.

Targets which don't make the top 10 will still be captured in the plan, Mr Newman said.

The blueprint is set to be drafted this year before being put to parliament in 2014.

 

Advertisement