The changing face of Queensland
5 October 2016: The Queensland of 2027 has the potential to be very different from what it is today – more liveable, more diversified and more connected. Collaboration between all levels of government, industry, communities and individuals, is the key enabler to both exploit the mega trends and build the necessary platforms so vital for a better Queensland.
Deloitte Queensland Managing Partner John Greig said: “As Queensland feels its way through the challenging transition from reliance on a sustained resources and construction boom, many Queenslanders – especially those in regional Queensland – are grappling with how best to respond.”
Inspired by a recent report by Deloitte Access Economics, which outlined a blueprint for the economic transformation of Western Sydney, Deloitte has committed to lead a similar piece of co-designed thought leadership aimed at developing an overarching economic and broader policy narrative to help shape the future of Queensland.
Released today at the Deloitte Queensland Gala, FutureNow, seeks to start a conversation about a vision for Queensland in 2027, which is the first step in the Shaping Future Cities Queensland initiative aimed at delivering a similar blueprint for Queensland in April 2017. Over the next six months Deloitte will work with government, communities, individuals and businesses - both established and emerging – to articulate a roadmap to a vital and successful Queensland.
Senior Advisor Professor Ian Harper, will also facilitate a panel discussion with some of Queensland’s business community on the Shaping Future Cities roadmap at Deloitte’s annual gala dinner. He said: “In the knowledge age, place matters for productivity and prosperity more than ever. And getting the connectivity between our cities and regions right is therefore more critically important.”
The thinking also builds on Deloitte’s most recent Building the Lucky Country report, the Purpose of place: Reconsidered, of which Professor Harper was a key author, and its call for collaboration to create and nurture flourishing urban, regional and rural places that deliver economic prosperity for Australians.
Harper said: “Place transcends landscape, climate, and buildings. It’s about people and what they produce, the quality of life beyond work, the effectiveness of government, and the momentum of business.”
Work has begun – steering committee
Work has already begun with a steering group appointed that includes Michael Pennisi, CEO QSuper; Anne Cross, Chief Executive Officer, Uniting care Queensland; John Wagner, Chairman wagner Group, Greg Hallam Chief Executive Officer, LGAQ, Frankie Carroll, Director General Department of Infrastructure, Local Government & Planning; Raynuha Sinnathamby, Managing Director Springfield Land Corporation; Geoff Hogg, Managing Director, Queensland, Star Entertainment Group; Lynda O’Grady, Non-Executive Director & Chairman of the Aged Care Financing Authority; Georgie Somerset, Vice President, AgForce Queensland; Stephen Tait, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Jordan Duffy, Co-founder Buckham & Duffy, Professor Peter Hoj, Vice Chancellor and President, University of Queensland and Michael Roch, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Resources Council.
In its initial meetings the group confirmed the need for and opportunities from a diverse economy, citing the state’s ‘lucky’ geography and climate, its world class resources & energy, renowned universities, health facilities and agribusiness capacity as examples of its diversity.
As Mike Kissane, Queensland-based CEO of Deloitte Access Economics said: “The five key areas that will be absolutely important to the state over the next 10 years are tourism, agribusiness, education, health & ageing and transformation in energy and resourcing.
“These sectors together have the capacity to deliver the economic prosperity that will attract the talent, and provide the vitality and opportunity across the cities and regions, that will make Queensland smart, agile, connected and confident in its future.”
The working group also canvassed the possibility of smart combinations between private businesses and public enterprises like defence, education and health, to iterate and forge solutions to global problems, and nurture new offerings from the state like tropical medicine, healthcare tourism and non-traditional education facilities.
Greig said: “With a coordinated approach from government at all levels, as well as from the community and business, there is a significant opportunity to further unlock the prosperity for all Queenslanders.
Kissane concluded: “Prosperity for Queensland in 2027 is much more than just an economic outlook. For Queenslanders, liveability, inclusion, diversity and connectedness will be absolutely critical.”