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19th September 2023

Palaszczuk Government commits to hosting community forums on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast community members to have a greater say in shaping the future in their region

Forums will strengthen partnerships between community, industry and government

The Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to regions across Queensland will be strengthened by the expansion of a new community forum program in the Sunshine Coast.

The forums will provide a further mechanism for locals to directly engage with Government to identify opportunities to grow the local economy and respond to community priorities.

This is a chance for 10 Sunshine Coast members to join the forum, to establish key local objectives and opportunities and to work on local place-based solutions to identified issues.

Forum members will have opportunities to connect with each other, industry, and government to help make their communities an even better place to live and work.

Local community representatives are invited to apply to become forum members through a formal expression of interest process that will open this week, with the first meeting to be held before the end of the year.

The Sunshine Coast Community Forums will leverage the success of the Queensland Government’s Regional Community Forums, which have delivered 17 rounds of forums across seven regions since 2019.

Quotes attributable to the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk:

“The Sunshine Coast is one of Queensland’s fastest-growing regions, and this is an ideal time to continue building the region’s economy and create jobs.

“The new community forum program provides an opportunity to hear directly from Sunshine Coast residents on the issues that matter most, which will drive our investment agenda.

“Regional community forums been driving change and building stronger relationships between local communities and the Queensland Government since 2019.

“Ministers and local State Members of Parliament have been actively involved at each regional community forum and we look forward to continuing with our collaborative approach with Sunshine Coast community forum members.”

Quotes attributable to Caloundra MP Jason Hunt:

“We know how much the Sunshine Coast community is growing and changing, which is why it’s key that our region has its own dedicated community forum.

“This is a place for community members from all walks of life to come together and contribute their ideas to a brighter Sunshine Coast.

“We are a government that listens and I’m proud we will soon have this fantastic opportunity to connect on the issues that matter.”

Quotes attributable to Nicklin MP Rob Skelton:

“The Palaszczuk Government has proven to deliver outcomes off the back of the successful Regional Forum Program.

“From Cherbourg to Muttaburra, Cooktown to Charters Towers, people from all around the state are getting involved – now it’s the Sunshine Coast’s turn.

“I encourage all interested Sunshine Coast residents to take a look at how they could contribute to the first Sunshine Coast community forum, and get involved.”

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