QUEENSLAND is so much more than its heavily populated southeast corner. Politicians understand this fact. And none who rely on statewide support for their jobs would ever dare risk ignoring it – and, indeed, never have. Queensland is the only state or territory where historically more residents have lived outside the capital than within it.
Brisbane has never dominated Queensland socially, politically, culturally or economically in the same way Sydney dominates New South Wales or Melbourne has Victoria.
It's this very principle of decentralization – of a big state with a widely dispersed and easygoing people – that makes Queensland, well, Queensland.
But statistics show this historical fact is becoming just that. About an extra 75,000 people – including more than 30,000 from overseas – choose to make Queensland their home each year. That's about 1500 each week at an annual growth rate of 1.7 percent – higher than the Australian average, and as fast as many a developing country. And more than 70 percent of these new Queenslanders are choosing to settle in the southeast corner.
Like any grand vision, the decentralization plan carries both risks and rewards. But the Government is to be commended for building a new Queensland while maintaining the flavour of the old.
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[eduaid Newsdesk, Source: The Courier Mail]