The Queensland opposition says Premier Campbell Newman is too scared to hold his "future" summit in the southeast due to job cuts in the region.
Queenslanders have been invited to tell the state's 89 MPs what they want their state to look in 30 years' time at a meeting in Mackay on May 10.
A second summit will be held in September to review and prioritise feedback.
Mr Newman says those who contribute will help create The Queensland Plan which will influence the future decision making of all levels of government, industry and community groups.
"If we don't know where we want to be as a state, we could end up anywhere," he said.
"This is about Queenslanders taking ownership of our long-term future."
Those who can't make the summits can give feedback online.
The opposition says Mr Newman should have held the summit in the southeast, but couldn't handle the feedback over mass job cuts in the region and the push towards privatisation.
Deputy Labor leader Tim Mulherin says the Bligh government conducted six months of consultation at 13 forums before releasing the Queensland Regionalisation Strategy, the Queensland Infrastructure Plan, and the Bruce Highway Upgrade Strategy.
"If the premier had not fired all the senior public servants with all their corporate knowledge he would be aware that this data is already available to him," he said.
However, The Property Council of Australia welcomed the summit, saying it has long called for a strategy to map out where future generations will live.
Queensland executive director Kathy MacDermott said it should include necessary infrastructure, foster creativity and innovation, and provide measurable goals.
"It must go further than motherhood statements and generic reports," she said.
But Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney says Mr Mulherin - the MP for Mackay - was failing his electorate by shunning the summit and the economic benefits it would bring to his community.
"I doubt any other community leaders within the Mackay region would share the member for Mackay's view that their city should not host this major conference," he said in a statement.
Mr Seeney described The Queensland Plan as "an inclusive, positive process" and said Labor's immediate response to oppose it showed how far out of touch the party was.