The Palaszczuk Government today launched an Australian-first new online dashboard vital to planning for South East Queensland’s projected population growth over the next 25 years.
ShapingSEQ, the new regional plan for the SEQ corner was released last year supported by 36 implementation actions. The new online dashboard, called 'Measures that Matter', is one of the leading actions from the plan and an initiative unique to Queensland.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said Queensland clocking up its five millionth resident is a milestone that reinforces the need for good planning to ensure the long-term sustainability of cities, towns and suburbs.
“One of the biggest challenges we face is being on the front foot of planning during this period of continued population growth,” he said.
“Successfully monitoring these population changes in our region to guide how we adjust and improve policy based on robust data, is vital.
“Measures that Matter brings together all the important data to track the progress of previous and current growth trends in South East Queensland in a transparent way that’s not been done before.”
Mr Dick said with 2018 being the first year of measuring, Measures that Matter will provide significant ongoing value in continuing the conversation about regional planning with the community, and advising government and industry about the future of SEQ.
“The dashboard compares this data with the future trends detailed in the South East Queensland Regional Plan, ShapingSEQ, making all levels of government accountable for how the region is performing in relation to various aspects of the natural, economic and social environment,” he said.
“It’s simple to use, very intuitive, and you can find information for the whole region or individual local government areas, where data is available.”
Minister Dick said the release of the dashboard was a key implementation action of the ShapingSEQ South East Queensland Regional Plan which was released one year ago and includes the Growth Monitoring Program.
“The regional plan is about catering for growth sustainably, while protecting our unique environment and lifestyle,” he said.
“Backed by $5 million over two years, the SEQ Growth Monitoring Program, reinforces our commitment to ensuring the successful implementation of the plan.
“The Growth Monitoring Program reflects best practice and will also bring us towards a ‘single point of truth’ for land supply and development activity data in South East Queensland, with the release of the Land Supply and Development Monitoring Report later this year.
“The three core deliverables of the Growth Monitoring Program are the Housing Supply Expert Panel, Measures that Matter and the Land Supply and Development Monitoring Report, and we are on track to deliver them all this year.”
SEQ Housing Supply Expert Panel chair and Knight Frank Associate Director Julie Saunders commended the Queensland Government on the initiative.
“The Queensland Government is demonstrating leadership and its commitment to addressing the challenges associated with quality urban growth,” Ms Saunders said.
“The panel supports the release of the dashboard as a key tool for communicating with the community on the region’s future as detailed in ShapingSEQ.
“This is information that is easily accessible and understandable for the community and industry.”
Council of Mayors (SEQ) CEO Mr Scott Smith also supported the introduction of the online dashboard.
“It’s important that State and Local governments continue to work together to sustainably manage South East Queensland’s population growth and this tool is an open and transparent way for the public to track that progress,” Mr Smith said.
Minister Dick said monitoring growth ensures planning is in place to deliver the range of housing required to maintain affordability.
“Better planning delivers better amenity, reduces environmental impacts or whole-of-life costs, and all adds up to better quality of life.”
For more information visit planning.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/measuresthatmatter
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Cameron Dick