Unity is vi­tal

Central and North Burnett Times - - OPINION -

AS A re­gion, we need to co-op­er­ate. Town ri­val­ries are great on the footy field, but when we have a com­mon goal and we share a com­mon life­style, it is vi­tal we are uni­fied in our aims.

There is no short­age of ideas on how we can im­prove the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett.

Ask any res­i­dent and they will share with you a seem­ingly end­less list of where the coun­cil is go­ing wrong and what needs to be changed.

But per­haps a bet­ter out­look is to ob­serve and cel­e­brate what is great about liv­ing and work­ing in this beau­ti­ful area.

It­was fan­tas­tic to see so many peo­ple from our var­i­ous towns meet last Tues­day night at Gayn­dah to think of how we can bring more peo­ple to the North Bur­nett.

The dis­cus­sion flowed around the de­vel­op­ment of a “new re­gional brand”.

Sev­eral themes were re­cur­ring in ev­ery­one’s ideas: the Bur­nett is a safe community, we have a healthy life­style, and it’s coun­try liv­ing­while still be­ing close to ameni­ties and ser­vices.

One par­tic­u­larly poignant com­ment was, “it’s the real Aussie bush. The look­outs, the moun­tains, they are as close to you as the su­per­mar­kets would be in the city”. It’s food for thought. We should all ask our­selves why our re­gion is so spe­cial. And how can we en­cour­age more peo­ple to share it with us?

Bran­don Livesay Gayn­dah jour­nal­ist *See next week’s Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times for the full re­port on the meet­ing.

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