Forced decentralisation of government agencies out of Canberra is unlikely to be a viable strategy for regional development. Stronger long term partnerships between the Commonwealth and the regions is a better alternative.
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?
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.