Currumbin invited to contribute to the Queensland Plan

21 May 2013 11:22 AMJann Stuckey

QLD Plan Summit

Jann at the Mackay QLD Plan Summit with Currumbin representatives Tom Mackay, Kerry Shepherd and Ian Grace.

20 May 2013

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP is inviting all Currumbin residents to have their say on the long-term future of the state through The Queensland Plan.

“On Friday 10 May some 400 representatives from all around Queensland attended a summit in Mackay to begin the process of developing a 30 year vision for our great state,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Currumbin was well represented with three quality delegates in Ian Grace, Kerry Shepherd and Tom Mackay who travelled to Mackay with me.

“All three candidates have been heavily involved in the Currumbin community and brought with them diverse backgrounds that allowed them to contribute meaningfully to discussions across a range of topics.

Ian Grace, a well-known business leader in the local community and founder of the very successful Palm Beach Youth Music Venture, said the summit was a runaway success.

“Recognition, and the ability to contribute on the day gave everyone pride and ownership of the strategy determined, thus virtually guaranteeing total commitment, enthusiasm and loyalty – to achieve great results,” Mr Grace said.

Kerry Shepherd, who has been a vocal green voice on the southern Gold Coast and along with her partner founded the award winning Currumbin Ecovillage, said she was enthused and impressed by the summit.

“The Mackay summit showed a commitment to endeavour to obtain bipartisan long term planning for Qld that, if the endeavour and outcomes are matched with deeds, will see QLD lead the way in social, economic, environment, education and many other ways,” Ms Shepherd.

Tom Mackay was school captain of Palm Beach Currumbin High School in 2011 and is now studying bio-medical science at University whilst remaining an active youth ambassador.

“It was a privilege to be involved in the summit and to play a part in Queensland’s future,” Mr Mackay said.

Ms Stuckey is now encouraging all residents to get involved in the process and actively contribute to planning for Queensland’s future.

“The summit was only the first step in the journey.  It is now up to the whole community to have their say on our state’s future.

“The Queensland Plan website is one way to give your feedback, you can also contact my office to discuss how to become involved.

The six questions the community is asked to answer are:

• In the context of living in the community, how do we move our focus from me to we? • How do we create and foster an education culture that teaches skills and values to meet global challenges and optimise regional strengths? • How do we empower and educate individuals, communities and institutions to embrace responsibility for an active and healthy lifestyle? • How do we structure our economy to ensure our children inherit a resilient future? • How do we strengthen our economic future and achieve sustainable landscapes? • How do we attract and retain the brightest minds and ideas where they are most needed and capitalise on global opportunities?

“The answers to the questions will tell us where the community wants the state to be in 30 years’ time, detailing our priorities for the future.

To provide your answers or to find out more about how you can get involved in The Queensland Plan, visit