University education needs an urgent upgrade.

Truths are emerging about university education and degrees. After a university education, many graduates still don’t know who they want to be when they grow up, just as the future will be full of derelict academics. The COVID-19 has exposed the university system and its management; it isn’t what it used to be. Graduates are…

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Understanding sustainability issues can make a difference.

Sustainability issues have become a buzzword with far-reaching implications. In times of drought and adversity, the rift between environmentalism and politics tightens, which makes understanding how sustainability issues affect us and others critical. The word triggers a wide variety of responses based on peoples perceptions and past experiences. So, how can one use it to…

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Staying afloat requires careful financial management during droughts

Staying afloat in a changing and challenging world. In this fast-changing world, we all have to meet the challenges and evolve at breakneck speed to keep up. Unfortunately, doing so often involves a high human and financial cost. With the unrelenting pace of technological achievement and globalisation, coupled with an ever-growing strain on relationships and…

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Trickle-down economics and non-profits are poor substitutes for entrepreneurial action.

Livestock feed farmers, farmers feed businesses, they feed employees who feed citizens. Why are governments so obsessed with non-profits, when those who generate jobs and ideas for their communities but are disqualified from funding grants because of inappropriate policy settings? Is making a profit still a dirty word? Why should businesses spend their earnings helping…

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Future-proofing towns must never be ignored.

Future-proofing towns move farmers and communities away from the breaking points. Much has been said about droughts and flooding rains since Dorothea Mackellar wrote her famous poem. Unfortunately, in recent years little has been put in place towards future-proofing or drought-proofing our regional, rural and remote areas. There is never enough action to match the…

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Is it bureaucracy causing you confusion

Are we losing sight of what is really important? No wonder our children are confused, or is it just me? Think for a minute how we would be placed today if all the time money and energy had been better directed. Confusion brings chaos; for one, in the last seven or eight years, we could…

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Future rethinking should be a high priority.

Future rethinking should be a high priority What is motivating the future rethinking of community members behaviour and how are our communities and and their businesses preparing for the online shopping boom in our globalised world, driven by technology. Business today is noisy, complex and fast-paced. Expectations around convenience, value and choice have driven a…

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Sustainable living means better lifestyles.

Taking responsibility for  future generations People in regional, rural and remote areas need to make time to do something which enables survival and underpins their very existence. Whether it is gardening, consuming local foods, or generally reducing, recycling, or reusing for sustainable living, it should top of mind in the day to day activities of…

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