Queensland is as vast as it is diverse. No two regions are the same and each of our communities is unique with its own challenges and opportunities.

To help identify and address the key priorities facing regional areas, the Queensland Government has, over the past four years, held a suite of meetings and roundtables with community members across the state. These consultations have created valuable conversations with local business owners, families and workers around making communities even better places to live and work.

Now we are building on these conversations, being more responsive to the needs and priorities of regional Queenslanders, and ensuring we take advantage of opportunities to strengthen regional economies and services.

We are doing this by establishing:

  • quarterly Regional Community Forums—to strengthen our partnership with regional Queensland and to give those living in our regions greater access to government and better opportunities to influence government decision-making
  • Department of the Premier and Cabinet offices in Maryborough and Rockhampton
  • a new Office for Rural and Regional Queensland—to stay connected with local communities and to ensure Queensland’s regions are front of mind in decision making.

Our clear focus on the regions ties in with our ongoing commitment to be a responsive government that delivers for all Queenslanders.

Regional Community Forums

Far North Queensland North and North West Queensland Mackay/Isaac/Whitsunday Western Queensland Central Queensland Wide Bay/Burnett/Fraser Coast Darling Downs South West Queensland South East Queensland

The Regional Community Forums (the Forums) bring locals, regional stakeholders and government representatives together each quarter to discuss local priorities and opportunities, and consider what outcomes are most important to the community.

The resulting conversations from the Forums will help to create and support regionally focused programs delivered with the community in mind.

Discover what’s happening at the Forums in:

For more information contact the Advancing Queensland's Regions team via email: advancingqldregions@premiers.qld.gov.au.

On Monday 28 October 2019, twenty local community representatives joined Forum Chair, Member for Cairns Michael Healy, Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt, and Member for Cook Cynthia Lui, who have been tasked to help to drive future jobs and growth in the region.

Read the communiqué to find out what happened at the Forum (PDF, 123KB).

The Far North Queensland Regional Community Forum representatives are:

  • Michael Healy MP (Chair)
  • Cynthia Lui MP
  • Curtis Pitt MP
  • Alfred Joyce
  • Allan Dale
  • Anita Veivers
  • Benjamin Keast
  • Christopher Zilm
  • Elizabeth Carney
  • Ian Lydiard
  • Jodie Duignan-George
  • Lucy Graham
  • Margaret Yandell
  • Michelle Wollaston
  • Millicent Darby
  • Nikki Huddy
  • Patricia Yusia
  • Ranjit Singh
  • Rhiannon Simcocks
  • Robert Davidson
  • Sarah Grainer
  • Tara Bennett
  • Trevor Meldrum

On Monday 28 October 2019, twenty local community representatives joined Chairs of the Forum, Member for Townsville Scott Stewart and Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper, who have been tasked to help to drive future jobs and growth in the region.

Read the communiqué to find out what happened at the Forum (PDF, 125KB).

The North and North West Queensland Regional Community Forum representatives are:

  • Scott Stewart MP (Chair)
  • Aaron Harper MP (Chair)
  • Anita Brooker
  • Brendon Marty
  • Bruce Cornish
  • Candi Dempster
  • Cathy Crawford
  • Dana Crowther
  • Deborah Crombie
  • Debra Burden
  • Helen Dixon
  • Jean Stone
  • Judah Morris
  • Kari Arbouin
  • Karl McKenzie
  • Kendall Santillan
  • Lynette Clout
  • Pete Fornasier
  • Sarah Wilkinson
  • Susan Wilson
  • Teresa Hudson
  • Warren Horne

On Monday 28 October 2019, twenty local community representatives joined Forum Chair, Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert, who has been tasked to help to drive future jobs and growth in the region.

Read the communiqué to find out what happened at the Forum.

The Mackay/Isaac/Whitsunday Regional Community Forum representatives are:

  • Julieanne Gilbert MP (Chair)
  • Aaron Sellentin
  • Angela Styles
  • Blake Rutherford
  • Carl Walker
  • Carolyn Fritz
  • Clinton Begg
  • Deborah Rae
  • Dianne Barnett
  • Elizabeth Ware
  • Justin Giblett
  • Karin Barron
  • Katrina Dent
  • Kerri Takai
  • Kon Flaherty
  • Nicolette Ffrost
  • Palmina Rae
  • Raghunath Channapati
  • Rene Henry
  • Taleiyah Minniecon
  • Tas Webber

On Monday 28 October 2019, twenty local community representatives joined Forum Chair, Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden, who has been tasked to help to drive future jobs and growth in the region.

Read the communiqué to find out what happened at the Forum (PDF, 129KB).

The Western Queensland Regional Community Forum representatives are:

  • Jim Madden MP (Chair)
  • Alan Smith
  • Alina Rasmussen
  • Alison Shaw
  • Brecken Curtis
  • David Kerrigan
  • David Arnold
  • Jan Norton
  • Jocelyn Avery
  • Kirstie Davison
  • Kylie Dalzell
  • Liza Cameron
  • Margie Webb
  • Marilyn Simpson
  • Nicole Bond
  • Rose Leggett
  • Sharon Broughton
  • Simon Kuttner
  • Tony Martin
  • Tracy Hatch
  • Vicki Jones

On Monday 28 October 2019, twenty local community representatives joined Chairs of the Forum, Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke, Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga and Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher, who have been tasked to help to drive future jobs and growth in the region.

Read the communiqué to find out what happened at the Forum (PDF, 132KB).

The Central Queensland Regional Community Forum representatives are:

  • Brittany Lauga MP (Chair)
  • Barry O’Rourke MP (Chair)
  • Glenn Butcher MP (Chair)
  • Bruce Young
  • Carmel Marshall
  • Christine Herrald
  • Clare Stone
  • Deborah Muscat
  • Elizabeth Luckel
  • Eve-Lyn Rogers
  • Ewan Filmer
  • Grant Cassidy OAM
  • Jill Armstrong
  • Karen Butler
  • Laurie Johansen
  • Leisa Tibbetts
  • Lisa Lonsdale
  • Mellisa Smith
  • Nyoka Fetoa’i
  • Owen Nevin
  • Robert Gibb
  • Tom Polley
  • Tracey Siddins

On Monday 28 October 2019, twenty local community representatives joined Forum Chair, Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders, who has been tasked to help to drive future jobs and growth in the region.

Read the communiqué to find out what happened at the Forum (PDF, 125KB).

The Wide Bay/Burnett/Fraser Coast Regional Community Forum representatives are:

  • Bruce Saunders MP (Chair)
  • Alicia Miles
  • Amy Pace
  • Bonny Clacy
  • Darryl Stewart
  • David Jeffs
  • Glen Miller
  • Heather Barber
  • Jason Scanes
  • Jennifer Regal
  • Jillian Wedmaier
  • Joanne Donnison
  • Karena Menzie-Ballantyne
  • Katherine Reid
  • Leon Nehow
  • Mark Spencer
  • Melissa Brooke
  • Nadia Campbell
  • Naomi Purcell
  • Shari Jackson
  • Angela Condon-Smith

On Monday 28 October 2019, twenty local community representatives joined Forum Chair, Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Assistant Minister of State, Jennifer Howard, who has been tasked to help to drive future jobs and growth in the region.

Read the communiqué to find out what happened at the Forum (PDF, 125KB).

The Darling Downs South West Queensland Regional Community Forum representatives are:

  • Jennifer Howard MP (Chair)
  • Anne-Marie Cooke
  • Armando de la Flor Olavide
  • Ben Lyons
  • Cam Crisp
  • Dan McGaw
  • Dani Kinnear
  • Debbie Bailey
  • Garry Saunders
  • Gitie House
  • Heather Hall
  • Julia Telford
  • Julie Maraun
  • Kate Devereaux
  • Kate Venables
  • Kelly Buckingham
  • Mark O’Brien
  • Louise Judge
  • Robert Burns
  • Robyn Haig
  • Sandy Venn-Brown
  • Sharon Boyce