Healthy land­scapes for strong com­mu­ni­ties

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

IN THE lead-up to the Queens­land elec­tion, Nat­u­ral Re­source Man­age­ment Re­gions Queens­land is urg­ing all po­lit­i­cal par­ties to en­dorse its blue­print for se­cur­ing ru­ral and re­gional jobs and the vi­a­bil­ity of com­mu­ni­ties.

As the state’s ru­ral in­dus­tries con­tinue to reel un­der the weight of soil loss, de­clin­ing wa­ter qual­ity, ex­otic pests and ex­treme weather events, ru­ral jobs are evap­o­rat­ing and com­mu­ni­ties are with­er­ing.

Nat­u­ral Re­source Man­age­ment Re­gions Queens­land chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer An­drew Drys­dale said their ex­pe­ri­ence meant they knew what made re­gional com­mu­ni­ties tick.

“We know when we have a healthy, well-man­aged land­scape, we have pro­duc­tive ru­ral in­dus­tries that gen­er­ate jobs and sup­port our towns,” Mr Drys­dale said.

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