LETTER: Our destiny is in our own hands

EVERYBODY knows that Wide Bay has the second worst employment rate (15-to-64 year olds) in Australia, and that this isn't a new problem.

Thousands of people have done what I'm about to do, relocate to Brisbane for work. But this doesn't mean it needs to be the situation forever.

We have so many intelligent and thoughtful people in our region.

There are more than enough people with good ideas.

And there's no natural impediment stopping this region from improving its economic position. So what's stopping us?

It's only my thoughts, but I believe that the only thing we're lacking is the ability to translate the above assets into sound economically viable plans, and developing these plans into programs that will deliver positive outcomes.

It's quite doable, providing we have the right people in the right positions, willing to do the hard work to drive the community forward.

We have a choice. We can explain why the region is doing poorly for the next thirty years, how those in the 1980s drove out potential businesses, or how more modern councils have being business unfriendly. We can play the ALP vs LNP game for another forty years.

But these aren't solutions.

The other choice we can make is to get together, and work out, strategically, what we can do to improve the region, how to do it, and how it will achieve desired results.

This region has so many good and talented people.

I'll be back in Brisbane soon, but I hope that the region's potential isn't wasted for another thirty years.

BRIAN BRANCH - Tinana



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