Your input is vital: Crean

FEDERAL Minister for Regional Australia, Simon Crean, joined more than 100 business and community leaders in the Lockyer Valley last week to discuss flood recovery and rebuilding at this year's Regional Leaders Forum.

The annual forum included workshops to determine needs in the community and discussions of initiatives to improve the region including reliable water for agriculture, improved information and communications and delivery of human services.

Mr Crean said the future of the region would rely on the people who live in the area.

“I am a great believer in localism and making sure that local people have an input in decision making,” he said.

“I am very pleased with the Lockyer Valley Recovery Plan that has been developed because it was done so by those who were close the problems.

“We have a need to tap into local knowledge to get a better match for what the community wants and what the government can do.

“I'm looking to you, the residents of the valley, to say what your strategic vision is.”

Mr Crean said the challenge of rebuilding the area and creating a solid future should be viewed as an opportunity.

“With situations like the Lockyer Valley there needs to be a cohesive community effort and from what I have seen, that won't be too hard to achieve,” he said.

“If they are successful they will have a more resilient community and a more sustainable community that will find a way to strengthen their patch.”

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