Rocky council's strategy aimed to change trend of leavers

CENTRAL Queensland has a reputation for losing its young people after high school.

But Rockhampton Regional Mayor Margaret Strelow is hoping to see that change, with youth retention identified in the Economic Development Strategy released last week.

The issue was also discussed at the Performance and Service Committee meeting on Tuesday, where Rockhampton Regional Council voted to adopt the framework and principles of the strategy.

Cr Strelow said the Smart Regional Centre plan was in part aimed to retaining younger people, offering them the most up-to-date technology and the opportunity to work collaboratively on start-up business ventures.

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Cr Tony Williams said he was disappointed to hear at a recent careers event that so many high school students were planning to move from the region after graduation.

He said it was important to support CQUniversity and encourage people to stay in Central Queensland.

But Cr Strelow said for some people, study opportunities didn't affect their decision.

She said some just wanted to experience life in a city like Brisbane.

Cr Cherie Rutherford used the old adage "if you love something, set it free" when discussing the issue.

She said it wasn't necessarily bad that young people were moving away.

Cr Rutherford said she had spoken to other young people who had moved to Rockhampton for work and were incredibly passionate and enthusiastic about the region.

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