Thought-provoking: Danny Spry, Peter Read and John Randall.
Thought-provoking: Danny Spry, Peter Read and John Randall.

Third conference set for region

THE Rotary clubs of Warwick and Allora will host the third Economic Development Strategy community meeting for the Southern Downs region on Tuesday night.

The meeting will be held at Kings Theatre at the Warwick RSL starting at 6.30pm, with all residents, not only Rotarians, being invited.

Following on from previous successful meetings held in Stanthorpe last week, the Rotary workshop will continue to gather and gauge community feedback on the future framework for economic development in our region.

The workshop is an important part of the preparation of the Southern Downs Economic Strategy, due for completion later this year.

As Southern Downs economic development officer John Randall explained, obtaining key public input is vital to developing a cohesive economic plan for the region’s future.

“It allows the community to voice their ideas, concerns and visions and then converts them into a workable action plan,” Mr Randall said.

“The Rotary clubs in our area are the embodiment of community spirit and their members represent a number of economic sectors, making them an ideal choice for hosting the next public economic development strategy meeting.”

Warwick Rotary Club’s Peter Read and Warwick Rotary Sunrise Club’s Daniel Spry are looking forward to the opportunity to make their mark in the preparation of the economic blueprint for the region.

“Peter and I have been involved in Rotary and business in Warwick for some time now,” Mr Spry said.

“We both reckon a formal strategy is essential for our region to be able to take advantage of the many opportunities, both now and in the future.

“A particular interest of mine is how Warwick businesses can get their share of the $20 billion to be spent over the next 20 years in the Surat Basin. Warwick needs a share of that boom, so we can grow our businesses and create more jobs.”

Mr Randall said there would be further meetings in Warwick, Killarney and Allora and encouraged residents to watch the Daily News for details.

“Alternatively, people can go online to the council webpage under Economic Development and follow the links or they can ring me on 4661 7332,” he said.

You can also have your say online by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/s/EDStrategy.

RSVP for Tuesday for catering purposes to the RSL on 4661 1299.



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