Thursday, October 19, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
The Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce has been busy, rallying opinions, thoughts and suggestions for the people’s vision of the Whitsunday, as part of their Vision For The Whitsundays project, led by Chamber Liaison Dr Julia Evans.
Attending Proserpine State High School and hosting with over 70 student leaders, from years 7 to 12, the Chamber was able to garner valuable insight for the region’s youth, of what they prioritise for the Whitsundays.
The students believe that Proserpine would be better suited to being a thriving hub of the region, with various retailers, services, and activities available, as well as be better connected with Airlie Beach.
For continued development, the students believe youth engagement was a big must, with suggestions of activities that cater for both children and teenagers and promote health and social wellbeing.
They identified medical facilities as needing improvements, to attract and retain more doctors and specialists. The students also suggested a hospital in Cannonvale or Airlie Beach to better service the area.
And lastly, the students recognised the need for better social equity and development, further community inclusivity and events, and more thought about residential and commercial growth development.
Chamber Liaison Dr Julia Evans explained that the Chamber is keen to have the Vision informed by the region’s young people.
“The Chamber has no preconceived ideas of what the future will hold, that is why it is undertaking the project,” she explained.
“The student focus group discussion provided rich insights on possibilities and priorities. Their ideas have also been validated and reinforced by discussions from focus groups already held. The students – and all focus group participants – will see their voice clearly reflected in the final report,” said Julia.
Proserpine State High School Don McDermid thanked the Chamber for engaging with the students.
“Thank you very much to Chamber and Dr Julia Evans for presenting their ‘Vision for the Whitsundays’ session which the students thoroughly enjoyed,” he said.
“The forum is a great opportunity for students to grow their leadership skills and be involved in these important decision-making processes that affect our broader school community and in particular the students of the school. It is a valuable lifelong learning experience.”
Over 70 student leaders of Proserpine State High School hosted the Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce, discussing youth vision of the Whitsundays. Photos supplied