We need many more jobs in the North Bur­nett

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT - Noel Thomp­son

NORTH Bur­nett has been named the re­gion in the Wide Bay with the low­est un­em­ploy­ment and un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances this would be a great thing for ev­ery­one con­cerned.

The fact is peo­ple don’t stay in the North Bur­nett while they are un­em­ployed; they leave. Young peo­ple who leave school are off to univer­sity and trade train­ing, and not re­turn­ing.

With the pop­u­la­tion de­creas­ing, busi­nesses are find­ing it harder. Work in the or­chards and farms is get­ting much harder to find for lo­cal peo­ple. The statis­tics are all well and good, but the Gov­ern­ment uses them to di­rect ser­vices to ar­eas that may not war­rant them.

I think ev­ery­one needs to look at what is re­ally hap­pen­ing at a grass roots level. We need jobs to hold our towns to­gether.

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