It is time to reflect on the year gone and the year ahead.
We do live in a privileged society in Australia – it’s a beautiful country.
I am looking forward to the establishment of the new cultural precinct in Cairns and the redevelopment of Shed No. 2 next to the Cruise Liner Terminal and the ‘open space’ that has been earmarked for community.
This past festive season has been much about community – community in family, community in friends, community in thought, community period.
Cairns is about to change from a tourist town to a more sophisticated city.
Discoveries are happening as we speak in the health sector which augur well for innovation in pharmaceutical benefits derived from our regional ecology.
We are becoming more ‘green’ with the Tablelands new Agri-science hub set to become a leader in tropical science and training and JCU’s Bachelor of Sustainability drawing international students to the region.
JCU is also building the Cairns Institute – one of its research areas will be social inclusion, more on that in another blog, but all the activity is linked to sustainability and there is activity happening in Cairns and the region, slow though it is to move.
Lastly I am glad that Australia has stepped up to the mark with a carbon tax and now China…whatever China’s agenda, setting a carbon price signals environmental concerns.
China’s pricing carbon at $1.59 per tonne
A global economy based on consumerism was inevitably going to fail. We need to concentrate on survival, water, food and sharing.
Happy New Year.