Engineers Australia is urging the next Queensland government to commit to action in embedding climate resilience, building a future workforce and enhancing economic strength.
“We are facing local and global challenges that pose a threat to our Queensland way of life. Bushfires, floods and, more recently, the pandemic have added extra urgency to the need for action,” said Engineers Australia’s General Manager – Queensland, Stacey Rawlings.
The organisation’s election priority list – developed through consultation with members, industry leaders, state government departments and discipline-centric panels – highlights the crucial role engineers will play in addressing these challenges,
“Now, more than ever, we need engineers to find creative solutions and we look forward to working with the next government to help build a resilient and prosperous Queensland,” said Ms Rawlings.
Engineers Australia Election Priority List
1. Embed Climate Resilience
Engineers Australia calls on the next Queensland Government to embed climate resilience through:
Achieve Water Security
To increase resilience to drought and floods, protect economic prosperity and social wellbeing, and mitigate risks to human life, Queensland needs to:
- Commit to a “OneWater” approach whereby all government policy, regulation and management relating to water is managed by a single agency. This will lead to holistic governance of all sources, uses and discharge of water.
- Provide leadership in Total Water Cycle Management to maximise social, environmental and economic outcomes.
- Develop a state-wide water security program to improve water system resilience to confront long term trends and major shocks that are exacerbated by climate change.
- Collect, curate, store and make freely available water data to adequately inform future water planning.
Achieve Energy Security
To drive economic growth and develop diversity, resilience and sustainability through energy policy, Queensland needs to:
- Develop and implement an electricity sector transition plan for Queensland based on the findings of the national AEMO Integrated System Plan.
- Continue to invest in micro-grid solutions to build resilience of remote and regional communities.
- Support measures to reduce energy consumption by improving energy efficiency, especially for the built environment by championing the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings.
- Leverage the state’s capability as a major energy producer to position Queensland as a major exporter of green energy.
- Reduce dependence on liquid fuel imports by planning transport infrastructure that is fit for alternative fuel vehicles.
2. Build a Workforce for the Future
The next Queensland Government should commit to building a workforce that is fit for the future through the following:
Secure the Future Workforce
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