OUTGOING Liberal National Party president Bruce McIver believes Regional Queensland holds the key to the party winning the next state election.
Mr McIver announced he would be stepping down from his role later this month - after more than a decade in the position.
He said the party was in a much better position these days than when he assumed the party's presidency.
"A decade ago we were a basket case and since then we have become a very secure and successful party," he said.
"Politics will always produce highs and lows, but I have been proud to be part of the emergence of a genuine force that offers a real alternative for all Queenslanders."
Mr McIver said the party had learnt some hard lessons from its shock defeat at the polls earlier this year.
He said he believed the state would be worse off under the current Labor Government.
"The state is going absolutely nowhere at the moment and it will not be long before people will be crying out for change," he said.
"Regional Queenslanders will be the first ones to experience the effects of a government that has absolutely no plan for the future.
"But we are listening not only to regional Queensland, but the entire state - the message at the last election was very clear to us."
The LNP will meet in the coming months to elect a new president following conventions set out in the party's constitution.
- APN NEWSDESK.
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