Positives of Region Outweigh Aspects Causing Frustration

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ANGRY Allison's final column roundly panned Central Queensland and its residents, claiming its best feature is the road south.

I moved back here more than 11 years ago, trading a C[pounds sterling]big-end-of-townC[yen] career for an environment my wife and I felt would be best for the family we planned. Now, with five and grandma in the family, a couple of house moves, one or two life and death incidents (real ones) and a growing business, perhaps I can respond to Allison objectively.

There are frustrating aspects to our region. Accepting mediocrity is a cultural norm. Such attitudes prevailed when I went to school and date back more than 100 years. This reflects in customer service, creativity and in solving problems. The incidence of real decision makers in our region is low. Most senior positions are about managing budgets, not driving strategy. Creativity and education can be greeted with suspicion and putting barriers in the way of (even humble) progress is treated as a sport. Talented younger people move away, reducing the chance of changing the status quo.

Tough call? Maybe, but I see no harm in listing things readily verifiable to those who care to do the research.

So why stay? …