Preparing for the future development of Queensland is something that we all need to start thinking about. If you're the owner of real estate in Surfers Paradise, you've no doubt noticed a shift towards tourism and retail spending across the region – helping to further the economic growth of your local community.
However, when it comes to planning the Queensland of Tomorrow, the state's brightest young planners are where we need to turn. The 28th Queensland Awards for Planning Excellence has recognised their achievements in subjects like tropical urban design, with Assistant Minister for Planning Reform Rob Molhoek presenting the awards at a ceremony on 12 May.
"This prize recognises innovative, practical approaches to real planning problems faced by local governments. These planning students realise that we need better planning to deliver better infrastructure," said Mr Molhoek.
"Tomorrow's planners need to be ready to face the challenges that come with population growth in a State where tourism, agriculture and the resources sectors are growing."
The seven young planners recognised for their contributions to urban planning will all play a vital role in the future development of Queensland, in order to keep the state at a top economic position within Australia.