Rockhampton-grown Wayne Blair directs the region’s kids
WAYNE Blair may have lived outside Central Queensland for 20 years, but he still calls Rockhampton home.
The renowned writer, actor and director; with a resume which includes blockbusters such as The Sapphires and True West; was taking a well-deserved lunch break in one of CQUniversity's lecture theatres yesterday in preparation for his leadership address to more than 90 students.
As a key speaker in yesterday's annual Student Leadership Conference, Wayne had some words of wisdom he wanted to leave with the region's youth.
"I am just going to give students a bit of a snapshot of Wayne Blair, into the way I have done things and show them some examples of what I have worked on, things that no one in the world has seen before," he said.
"I would like a student to walk away with a feeling of self-empowerment. A feeling of 'it can be done'. A feeling of 'I need to be the best person I can be... to play my own game and not worry about everyone else around me and be true to myself'."
Wayne's address within a CQUniversity building was made all the more apt by his long history with the establishment.
He once studied business within its walls and said the experience left him with a lasting affection for both the university and the town.
"I grew up in Rocky, mum and dad got here when I was nine and I have lived here ever since," Wayne said.
"I have been away for the past 20 years in Sydney and beyond but mum and dad still live in the same house as 33 years ago, so I come back here. I class it as my home town."
As well as spending his time catching up with family and friends across Rockhampton, Wayne said he had visited The Cathedral College where he met with one particular student.
"A friend of mine works as an after school carer of young people, and there was one student there who was interested in film and TV," he said.
"You could see his eyes light up when I walked into a room and I started to speak his (film) language.
"It was just beautiful and I was there to impart my own knowledge to whoever wanted to hear it."