Skilled leader needed

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

A SKILLED and con­nected com­mu­nity leader is be­ing sought to join the Re­gional Devel­op­ment Australia Wide Bay Bur­nett Com­mit­tee to help drive eco­nomic devel­op­ment and job cre­ation across the re­gion.

Lead­ers with the skills, ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge to build net­works within the busi­ness com­mu­nity, in­dus­try, ed­u­ca­tion and all lev­els of gov­ern­ment are re­quired to fa­cil­i­tate wide con­sul­ta­tion and de­velop lo­cal so­lu­tions for re­gional eco­nomic devel­op­ment.

They will iden­tify in­fra­struc­ture projects which con­trib­ute to long-term eco­nomic growth of the re­gion through iden­ti­fied pri­or­i­ties.

RDAWide Bay Bur­nett cov­ers Gympie, Fraser Coast, Cher­bourg, South Bur­nett, North Bur­nett and Bund­aberg lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas.

In­ter­ested com­mu­nity mem­bers who have a vi­sion for the re­gion are en­cour­aged to sub­mit an Ex­pres­sion of In­ter­est to rdaeoi@in­fra­struc­ture.gov. au. ITWAS a chance to revert back to Ne­an­derthal days for Gayn­dah shoot­ers at the Aus­tralian Bow Hun­ters’ As­so­ci­a­tion com­pe­ti­tion.

North Bur­nett Field Archers’ Peter Dakin said the sport “brings back the cave­man in you”.

“In your mind you’ve shot food – it comes back to that sur­vival in­stinct,” he said.

Mr Dakin was joined by more than 50 shoot­ers from around the state at the week­end which saw kids as young as seven com­pete along­side “peo­ple who’ve shot all their life”.

Mr Dakin’s wife Pauleen said there was a good turn-out, with peo­ple trav­el­ling from as far as Stan­thorpe and Alfa for the shootout.

“One cou­ple left Stan­thorpe at mid­night and turned up at 5am, they were so keen,” Mrs Dakin said.

She said many tal­ented shoot­ers had come to Gayn­dah, but they weren’t good enough to stop her tak­ing out a win.

Mrs Dakin won first place in the tra­di­tional long bow.

“But I was the only one in my di­vi­sion – ev­ery­one else shot com­pound bows,” she said.

She said the week­end ran smoothly and, con­trary to its rep­u­ta­tion, archery was a very safe sport.

“One girl twisted her an­kle but that was be­cause she was run­ning down the hill,” she said.

“I also cut my fin­ger but that was from cut­ting ba­con.”

Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful week­end host­ing the archery at the North Bur­nett Field Archers fields, Mr Dakin said he wanted to start up a new com­pe­ti­tion “go­ing back to ba­sics”.

“We want to do a tra­di­tional archery shoot

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