The Queensland Government is making sure public transport keeps pace with Queensland’s growth up to 2031 and beyond.
Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk told the annual Queensland Community Transport Industry Association Conference in Brisbane government and industry were already planning for a much larger and ageing population.
Ms Palaszczuk said the most recent projections indicated Queensland’s population would grow by as much as 3.2 million by 2031.
“In the same period, the number of people aged 65 years or older will more than double to reach 1.3 million,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“This high level of growth, and an ageing population, present some challenges but we already have programs in place through community transport services.
“Seniors and people with disability rely on community transport every day so they can go to the shops, attend hospital, and participate in everyday life.
“By providing assistance to community transport services the government is helping those Queenslanders who are doing it tougher than most.”
Ms Palaszczuk said the annual conference was a great place to discuss community transport plans for the future.
“These forums provide a valuable opportunity for government and industry to discuss important policy matters to ensure every Queenslander has access to transport now and in the future,” she said.