Former MP returns to discuss town’s future
LONG -SERVING former Maranoa MP Bruce Scott, now Chairman of Southern Queensland Landscapes, has returned to Stanthorpe this week to discuss the town’s environmental and economic future.
Mr Scott, along with the board from Southern Queensland Landscapes have travelled to Stanthorpe to listen to residents and show their support.
“The food and the fibre across this region is the commodity that supports our towns, it creates the wealth, creates the jobs, creates the business opportunities, and how that is sustainable in the long term is going to underpin and underscore the future of Stanthorpe and across the whole of Australia for that matter.
“Residents are dealing with the drought and planning for the future, they may not know where the future will be, but they are planning and thinking about it and knowing that it is going to be challenging to get back on their feet,” Mr Scott said.
Mr Scott said the board have been discussing both the environmental and economic growth for Stanthorpe, a small part in the 314, 398 square kilometres covered by Southern Queensland Landscapes.
“We want to make sure we are sending the message that we are here for you, in terms of natural resource management, and also the wellness of your community as a whole in Stanthorpe and surrounding towns.
“It’s about connecting to communities, listening to them, not what we think, it’s what they think and what the aspiration is,” he said.
Despite the recent devastation in Stanthorpe, Mr Scott said local residents and businesses are remaining positive for the future.
“The fact that the economy, whilst up and down, residents are positive about the future and have got a great story to tell.
“In terms of what we can do, we want to assist them in their aspiration.
“We have to be positive about our future and also the fact of how we manage our natural resources because they are across our whole landscape,” said Mr Scott.