Stand up and take ownership
THIS is my personal opinion.
Now it's no secret that during State of Origin I bleed Maroon, during the Commonwealth and Olympic Games I bleed green and gold, but on a daily basis I bleed whatever colour you bleed for the Granite Belt.
The time has come for the residents of the Granite Belt to make a stand.
There are too many issues that are affecting our community and whilst we all have our passions, it is time we stood up and fought for the Granite Belt and all its issues.
Just because your children do not play sport does not mean you should turn your back. Just because you are not a farmer who wants to grow their business but needs water security does not mean you should turn your back. Just because you do not use the YMCA or the Stanthorpe Swimming pool does not mean you should turn your back. Just because you don't rely on town water does not mean you should turn your back. Just because you don't own a business does not mean you should turn your back. Just because you are a renter and not a rate payer does not mean you should turn your back.
Just because you do not own property does not mean you should turn your back. Just because you don't buy and sell cattle does not mean you should turn your back.
We are all in this community together. Without each other we have nothing. Without sporting fields and venues, without water, without our agricultural community, without our business community, without the arts, without tourism...without each other, we do not have a community.
The point is, everything that happens in this community is what makes the Granite Belt great. It makes the Granite Belt the place you want to live in, move to, raise a family in and grow old in.
It is the place that my family and many, many more like it put blood, sweat, tears and a lot of love into to keep it vibrant and thriving. We should be fighting for everything our little town has to offer. Don't lie down and say it's not your battle. Stand up and be proud of all those before you and all those to come.
Do not be fooled by the sentiment "our town won't die, that won't happen to us” - because it is happening.
I want this community to grow and prosper. I want this community to still be great for my grandchildren and their families.
I want them to know that we fought for our community...that we fought for them.
If you are as passionate about our region as I am (and I know there are thousands of you) then come along on Monday night to the Granite Belt Community meeting at 5.30pm at Sullivan Oval. This will be your chance to speak about what concerns you have and what we can do as a community to make your voice heard. It is time to take ownership of our community, build our resilience and look towards our future.