It is not difficult to see why the population of South East Queensland is expected to grow by almost 2 million people over the next 25 years. We have an enviable lifestyle, great schools, and universities, and a strong, diverse economy expected to create almost one million jobs over the next 25 years. Our future is bright.
But to realize this future, we cannot just rely on luck. We need a clear vision to guide this growth that brings together all levels of government. ShapingSEQ is this vision. It is the foundation upon which we will build
the future we want for the South East. It guides our State Infrastructure Plan, will guide council planning schemes, and it will also form the basis of negotiations for a future SEQ City Deal.
ShapingSEQ sets a framework for our growth so that we can maintain everything that makes living in South East Queensland great while taking advantage of the opportunities of the fastest growing economic region in
the world – the Asian-Pacific region. At the same time, it will help manage the potential impacts of population growth to deliver housing supply and affordable living options, and support the planning and delivery of
critical infrastructure, while protecting our natural environment and our lifestyle.
This is a plan for our community, by the community.
Through the ShapingSEQ process, more than 3,300 submissions were received from the community alongside extensive engagement with local councils and key stakeholders from the environment, community
and development sectors. The level of cooperation and collaboration is unprecedented and sets the tone for the future.
Consequently, I want to acknowledge the contribution that all stakeholders, particularly local councils, have made to ShapingSEQ and to the future of our region.
Consultation and engagement have been the priority because we all have a stake in how we grow and thrive as a region.
The feedback has guided great environmental and community outcomes. We have protected inter-urban breaks between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast and identified biodiversity corridors, along with scenic landscape values and a regional greenspace network.
Through ShapingSEQ we are encouraging growth within the current Urban Footprint. This means housing is focused on where people can take advantage of existing infrastructure and ensuring easier, more affordable access to services. Most importantly, this kind of development means people can live closer to their jobs, decreasing commutes, and encouraging a healthier, happier population.
The Urban Footprint identified in the plan will help us reduce our impact upon the environment, reducing urban sprawl and our carbon footprint. Additionally, there is a strong focus on transport-oriented development, concentrating on diverse housing supply closer to public transport to cut down congestion and carbon emissions.
As part of ShapingSEQ, we have set up a program of actions so we can deliver on the vision of the regional plan. These actions include infrastructure planning and delivery, koala conservation, and biodiversity
assessments, design guidelines, a focus on climate change adaptation, monitoring land supply, and unlocking undeveloped land within the Urban Footprint.
Ongoing measuring and monitoring will mean that we can track our progress against the plan set out in ShapingSEQ.
ShapingSEQ shows what we can achieve when the state and local governments work closely together and are guided by the community. We want South East Queensland to continue to be a great place for people
to live, work and raise their families and that’s what this the plan is all about.