Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Leading by Example; Strong Community Figures Play a Vital Role in Putting the Region on the Map

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Leading by Example; Strong Community Figures Play a Vital Role in Putting the Region on the Map

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Byline: Adam Davies adam.davies@apn.com.au

"YOU do not have to be Einstein to work out that strong effective leadership will lead to economic prosperity for your city and region."

Mayor Paul Pisasale is the benchmark when it comes to spruiking how fantastic Ipswich is, not just for business investors but for people of all ages and demographics.

And it has paid dividends in a big way.

A Regional Institute of Australia report into what determines regional prosperity has revealed leadership and entrepreneurship are fundamental factors driving a region's success.

The report, released on Friday, found creative thinking - from local leaders and entrepreneurs especially - about what might happen next is vital in shaping their future.

Regional Institute of Australia chief Su McCluskey said the research showed more broadly that regions were very diverse and one size did not necessarily fit all.

She said local leadership and entrepreneurs were two key factors in helping tap into a region's potential.

"Look at who your natural leaders are. Quite often they are home-grown and they are the people who will step up, they are the people who will have a go," she said.

"They are the people who will lead by example.

"It is important those leaders can actually work together for the region."

Cr Pisasale said the region had a vastly different perception these days compared to less than two decades ago.

He said local entrepreneurs and business leaders, in conjunction with the community, all played a vital role in turning around the region's perception.

"Ipswich was once the problem, but we now are the solution to a lot of other regions' problems," he said.

"People now have pride in our community. Once upon a time our biggest export was our children.

"These days they are returning in droves and are proud to call the region home. …

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