Queensland Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk rightly suggests that northern New South Wales would be better served by a state government based in Brisbane, but she is far less persuasive arguing that…
Increased professionalism and innovation on farm, more cooperation among farmers, a focused strategic role for government, and a clearer positive pitch to urban Australia will help farming win long term.
Only the optimists have the attitude necessary to ensure our communities see it through the tough times, becomes more capable of setting their own horizons, and creates a opportunities that well serve future generations of regional Queenslanders.
So how do we create the strategies to match our attitude?
Most of all we need leaders and teachers who are going to help young people believe that their goals are achievable and that education, creativity and hard work will pay off
Compared to the relatively stable past quarter century, the next 25 years look potentially far more volatile with political and military power being dispersed more and the dominance of one superpower being brought into question
With such a poor track record trying to anticipate the future or utilising probability theory to manage risk, why do we bother? Inevitably, it seems, the things we see as being highly improbable end up happening and we normally don’t see them coming.
The challenges facing regional Australia are varied and great, necessitating all the investment we can draw upon them – but above all else, we will only build the resilient regions about which we speak, if we creatively weave the dreaming, and enterprise, the personal commitment and responsibility with civic value and government, the engineer and the scientist with the artist and the farmer, the people and the planet – into one integrated proposition that will sustain our respective regions into the future.
Innovation, knowledge and networks to turn southern Queensland into a long term leading economy and region were the core themes of a three day ‘mini-summit’ of community and regional development…