Study hails local leaders to Rose City
WARWICK'S civic and business leaders are looking at ways to capitalise on the fact that 4.5 million people live within four hours drive of the region.
They believe if they seize the opportunity it could go a long way to securing the region's long-term future.
That type of insight is a vital factor that makes a region successful.
A Regional Institute of Australia report into what determines regional prosperity has revealed leadership and entrepreneurship are fundamental factors driving a region's success.
The report, released yesterday, found creative thinking, from local leaders and entrepreneurs, about what might happen next is vital in shaping their future.
Regional Institute of Australia chief Su McCluskey said the research showed more broadly that regions were very diverse and one size did not necessarily fit all.
She said local leadership and entrepreneurs were two key factors in helping tap into a region's potential.
"Look at who your natural leaders are. Quite often they are home-grown and they are the people who will step up, they are the people who will have a go," she said.
"They are the people who will lead by example.
"It is important those leaders can actually work together for the region."
Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Peter Blundell said local entrepreneurs would be the ones leading the charge.
"We have some exceptional business leaders and entrepreneurs living in our region," he said.
"Those people are always looking for opportunities to further enhance and drive our region."
Warwick Chamber of Commerce president Bruce Partridge said effective leadership played an extremely important role in the success of any region.
"With good leadership it puts positive plans into place for the future which in turn attracts investment, growth and more importantly confidence," he said.
"Leadership is vital for any regional town or region."