Professor Owen Nevin.
Professor Owen Nevin. Mike Richards GLA050214NEVI

How to have a say about Gladstone's future

WHEN Owen Nevin thinks about the future of Gladstone, he sees a community that has incredible strength and potential.

Professor Nevin is chairing an independent visioning committee to understand where Gladstone wants to be in 20 years' time.

Prof Nevin moved to Gladstone with his wife and daughter two years ago from the United Kingdom.

"When you look at a city like this, you have the best of being regional with the strength of being economically vibrant," he said.

"It could put us in a position in the future where it could be an extremely desirable location to live, learn, study, retire, earn and invest."

He said being a community that has seen rapid changes in the past, he expected to see rapid change again.

"As somebody who's come to this community from outside, it has been very positive to become part of the community," he said.

"As you spend more time here, you can see that there are so many positives about this place and this region."

Associate vice-chancellor of CQUniversity Gladstone region, Mr Nevin said it would be encouraging to see education and employment opportunities expand and diversify.

"As the city grows, our educational opportunities from private RTOs to a university to specialist training centres are going to expand in skill and by number," he said.

"CQUniversity is an incredibly broad organisation with more than 300 programs on offer but we don't do everything and nor should we."

HAVE YOUR SAY

  • How do you want to see the Gladstone region in 20 years?
  • Online: http://www.vision2035.com.au
  • Tweet: #vision2035
  • Talk to a committee member: Owen Nevin, Danni Gitsham, Belynda Waugh, Len Smith, Desley O'Grady, Craig McLachlan, Sarah Janson, Michael Duggan, Christian Thomsen.


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