From left, Red Earth Community Foundation chair Georgie Somerset, Red Earth Board member John Carey (Stanwell), Red Earth Board member Karen Wall (Stanwell), report author Dr Chad Renando (RECoE), Red Earth general manager Melinda Jones, Paul Veivers (Stanwell), Jessica Powell (Stanwell) and Angela Robertson (Stanwell) (Photo: RECF)

July 6, 2022

A report prepared for the Red Earth Community Foundation which aims to “develop a pathway forward” for the Burnett was unveiled at a briefing session held in Kingaroy on Tuesday.

The report, “Burnett Inland Futures”, was prepared by Dr Chad Renando from the Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE).

It builds on “challenges and opportunities” in the South Burnett, North Burnett and Cherbourg council areas identified by Red Earth in 2019.

“With support from Stanwell, we worked with the RECoE to analyse existing regional strategies and propose a framework that can facilitate the Burnett Inland’s long-term resilience,” Red Earth chair Georgie Somerset said.

Dr Renando said the complex challenges facing the region could only be addressed through collective action.

Mrs Somerset said Red Earth was proposing a “backbone structure” to allow everyone with an interest in the Burnett to become involved.

The first opportunity to contribute ideas will be at the Red Earth Leadership Forum which will be held in Murgon on Thursday, July 28.

“Speakers include local leaders alongside Bega managing director Barry Irvin, Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal CEO Natalie Egleton and Southern Qld Drought Hub leader Professor Dr John McVeigh,” Mrs Somerset said.

The “Burnett Inland Futures” report will be officially released on Friday.

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