Looking into the future: Key steps for a 'circular economy'


This is the story of a community that empowered itself by enhancing its self-reliance to foster community resilience. By moving away from centralised government models of service, this community mobilised partnerships around the nation and the world to reinvigorate and transform its economy.



Image courtesy of Tourism & Events Queensland

Image courtesy of Tourism & Events Queensland

We, the Women at the Well, are currently working with RAPAD, to develop a strategy that looks beyond drought, and transforms the economic outlook of the Central West Queensland region – and we are seeking your help to ensure this approach is reflective of the community’s aspiration.

The seven council shires Barcaldine, Barcoo, Blackall-Tambo, Boulia, Diamantina, Longreach and Winton form the RAPAD region of Central West Queensland.  Throughout 2017, a range of natural assets and opportunities were identified across the region, that could underpin an economic transformation of the whole region – but RAPAD remained uncertain of the best path to realise this ambition.  During 2018, on behalf of RAPAD, we have developed an approach that is based on empowering the community, by enhancing its self-reliance to foster regional resilience.    Our strategy focuses on linking the values and aspirations of the community (identified in 2017) with the natural assets of the region, around energy, water, digital economy, food production, manufacturing, services and international markets.  The approach is a bold and challenging departure from centralised government models of service, and instead is focused on servicing the needs of the community first, with expansion into multiple international markets.

Image courtesy of Tourism & Events Queensland

Image courtesy of Tourism & Events Queensland

From 5 November to 15 November 2018, the Women at the Well will be in the RAPAD region, seeking the views of the community to this audacious strategy.  Through a range of targeted workshops, community forums and 1-1 interviews, we are hoping to hear from the community what is missing from the approach, how it could be improved – but most critically, is this the type of approach they want for their local council shire and broader regional community? 

Thank you for your anticipated help in reaching the broader Central West Queensland Community, where every voice matters to this project.

where are we?

We’ll be in Central West Queensland between the 5th and 15th of November running a range of community engagement activities. We’d love to see you there so follow the link below and come along.

Have Your say

We want to hear you thoughts, your opinions and your ideas. Follow the link below to complete a short survey that will be used to gather information about what you want for your community.