QCWA rep surprised at forum selection
LEYBURN'S QCWA representative Mary Hamblin was handpicked by Southern Downs Member Lawrence Springborg as one of three representatives from the region to take part in The Queensland 30-year Plan Summit in Mackay yesterday.
"I was flabbergasted when I was asked," Ms Hamblin said.
"It is a real privilege and a great honour to be one of three representing the electorate at the summit."
The summit was attended by more than 400 Queenslanders, local members from all 89 electorates and Mayors from every region.
Mr Springborg said the aim of the summit was to put today's issues to one side and consider what we will be facing 30 years from now.
"From the economy, what the workforce will look like and what transport we will be using - looking beyond the here and now," he said.
Also representing the Southern Downs was Andrew Brandon from Millmerran and Colin Owen from Inglewood.
Mr Springborg said together the three had knowledge from many key areas.
Mr Brandon is a young principal, enthusiastic about youth and the community, while Mr Springborg said Mr Owen was chosen for his passion for rural medicine.
"He has represented rural doctors at a high level and was the first president of the rural doctors in Queensland," Mr Springborg said.
The MP said he chose a representative from the QCWA due to their family values and long running service to regional communities.
Ms Hamblin said she and the other representatives from the Southern Downs had been wondering how the ideas of 400 plus people would be compiled in a day.
"But it was very well organised and productive day," she said.
"I came with a few different ideas based around education, health and family values, which was much the same as many others.
"I also had ideas about the decentralisation of regional and rural areas.
"But in the end it came down to five questions.
"We now have to bring these five questions (which were still being finalised), back to the electorate and gather the ideas of our community members.
"Then we regroup in October and discuss it further.
"I have a lot of homework to do in the meantime, including working out how to consult with the community."