Have you ever thought about the talent that comes from Regional Australia? The number of internationally successful sportspeople, CEO’s inventors is truly astounding. The Australian Institute of Sport recognises that you have more chance of winning an Olympic Gold Medal if you did NOT grow up in a capital city and they have coined the phrase the “WAGGA EFFECT” to explain this.


Just recently the new CEO for PCYC Queensland was appointed and he is a Toowoomba lad which makes both the Chairman of the State Board and the Chief Executive Officer Toowoomba locals.


Whatever the lifestyle factors that cause Regional Australia to “punch above its weight” in so many fields, is something that communities need to nurture and develop their own local s...


It seems that, the powers that be, are always after a ‘silver bullet’ or grand gesture that will build a community. There is no such thing. In times of crisis or shared tragedy, communities do band together to help each other or share their grief but communities are also built on thousands of daily ‘small gestures’, not grand gestures.


After many years of working in a range of communities it has become obvious that something happens in the GOOD communities that is lacking in the SAD communities. It is the small things that count; the quick chat about the weather at the petrol bowser, the conversation over the fence about the kids’ sporting triumphs, the shared excitement at the shop counter about an upcoming community event. All of these s...


 It always amazes me the skills you pick up over the years. I can remember an Art Class at school where we learnt screen printing and then printed off t-shirts for use at a sports day and like many other teenagers, I thought at the time "when will I ever use this skill, why can't they teach me something useful", well I'd like to say a big thank-you to the teacher that took time over several lunch breaks to teach me screen printing and if he is out there ... to let him know that I have finally put it to use and I am grateful. Thank you to all those teachers. out there. that inspire our kids and plant seeds of knowledge that can sometimes germinate decades later.


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