COMMENT: Regional communities boosted by new blood

WITH the council elections not too far away, a common theme of conversation I have begun to notice is one of growth and rejuvenation.

The Rose City has a rich history, but in these columns I have written fairly extensively about my observations of Warwick residents fearing the town may stagnate without some serious progress and forward thinking in leadership.

Many people I have spoken to in recent weeks have touched on the need for a new line-up of councillors required to ensure the town thrives well into the future.

This idea of renewal, I feel, is useful not only in our politics but also in our public services.

It has been a great privilege to start off the year meeting some of the new doctors and teachers in Warwick who will help educate the students and care for the residents of this community, although it is evident many school leavers opt for university life and careers in places like Brisbane and Toowoomba where study and work balance is more easily achievable.

Creating growth opportunities is more than just supporting the people who already live in this town, but rather it is about making it an attractive prospect for young doctors, nurses, teachers and industry workers, employees who are imperative for any regional town to survive.

- Sophie Lester, reporter



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