USQ and Regional Development Australia (RDA) are joining forces to identify the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the wellbeing of the Darling Downs and south-west Queensland.
A team of four internationally recognised experts will be travelling around the region to meet with residents, organisations and leaders to discuss the economic, environmental, communal and individual aspects of regional wellbeing and how USQ and RDA Darling Downs and South-West Queensland can facilitate that wellbeing.
This study is part of a significant international investigation known as the PASCAL Universities’ Regional Engagement (PURE) project which concerns Higher Education organisations and their engagement with those regions.
USQ’s coordinator for the PURE study, Honorary Professor Glen Postle, will be accompanying the team on their visit.
‘The trip is like a regional audit in terms of finding out where the region is at right now and what it needs to improve the quality of life there,’ Prof Postle said.
‘The PURE group has 25 similar projects all around the world and it’s a great opportunity for USQ to get onto an international stage.
‘When the survey is complete, the data will be used by Regional Development Australia for their records and by USQ Toowoomba and USQ Springfield to shape our future community engagement and identify how we can further partner with our regions.’
A breakfast symposium will be held on Tuesday December 6 where Prof Postle and the PURE team will be meeting with regional mayors, leaders and high-profile representatives in discussing the challenges, opportunities and likely future possibilities for the regions.
The symposium will be held from 7.20am in Concannon College at the USQ Toowoomba campus.
Regional Development Australia is an Australian Government initiative that brings together all levels of government to enhance the development of Australia's regions.
It is a network of 55 committees across Australia that provides a strategic framework for economic development in each region.
The Chair of Regional Development Australia Darling Downs is Councillor Bill Cahill.
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Callum Johnson, USQ Media, +61 7 4631 1163