QUEENSLAND'S Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk spent her first day back at work from a Christmas break in Charleville.
Ms Palaszczuk arrived in Charleville on Tuesday having lunch with the mayor and council members before touring the town and the Bradley Creek Gully Diversion.
The 43-year-old Member for Inala in Brisbane said it was important to hit the ground running and that is why Charleville was the first port of call.
"We are slowly going to make our way back to Brisbane, stopping along the way and taking the time to listen to the concerns of people," she said.
"From here we will head to Roma and then travel from Roma to Toowoomba.
"But we will not be rushing. We will be calling in to towns to talk and listen to plenty of people along the way."
Ms Palaszczuk grew up in Brisbane and many people out west might remember her father Henry, a former Primary Industries Minister.
"He always told me I should get out west and meet people. I understand the importance of regional and western communities. I want to understand the issues out here first hand."
The Opposition Leader said one of the big issues is job cuts.
"When you take jobs out of smaller regional communities the impact is much greater," she said.
"Health is another major concern I am hearing about out here."