IT was all about “Kan-do Kandanga” and the Mary Valley’s “possible dream”.
“The future ain’t what it used to be,” community motivator Peter Kenyon told about 80 guests at a Kandanga Bowls Club business breakfast yesterday.
Fresh from packing out Kandanga Hall at a community meeting the previous night, he urged business people to create a new future and to remember the real economic value of a sense of humour.
Mr Kenyon said that, with 60 per cent of Australia’s inland towns dying, the Valley needed strategies to attract people in the 25 to 40 years age group, as part of “getting the tills ringing”.
“They are the ones who buy houses, start businesses and have children and they are the ones who give you your hockey and football coaches,” he said.
He welcomed the suggestion that Kandanga capitalise on its name with signage saying drivers “Kan turn off here”.
He urged Valley businesses to work together to promote the whole region but warned that we have only a few months of post-dam publicity to invent a new future. Describing a return to prosperity and the good life as the Mary Valley’s “possible dream” he gave examples of small businesses which had turned challenges into opportunities and achieved the seemingly impossible.
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