As a “whole-of-community”, we need to capture every opportunity to …

Comment on Our very own two speed economy by Phil Walcott.

As a “whole-of-community”, we need to capture every opportunity to provide employment for all who are able. Growing, harvesting and marketing food in remote communities as well as in urban areas (e.g. community garden projects) provides such opportunities.
Time to get off the dependency “gravy train” and skill workers for employment. Too many people have evolved a “learned helplessness” which leads to the paralyzing of communities and a reliance on government welfare. Too many elements of paternalism and systemic corruption through governments and organisations all assist to keep many people generationally disempowered.
Partnerships forged through industry and education platforms are vital to positive processes evolving. Throwing “buckets of money” at programs is no guarantee of effective outcomes. It needs to be strategically invested. Time to stop the systemic rorting of programs and initiatives with some people at the “top of the food chains” on fat salaries while delivering minimal outcomes and achievements.
Enlivening the community spirit in all of the areas within our region will help to produce the desired outcomes.

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