OPINION: New futures in store for some

DEEP IMPACT: The flow-on effect of the mining downturn has been severe.
DEEP IMPACT: The flow-on effect of the mining downturn has been severe. Kelly Butterworth

WE NEVER know what's just around the corner.

While we can plan ahead and do as much as possible to be prepared, there are times when life throws us a curve ball.

It's how we respond in these times that shapes our future.

Following the downturn in the mining sector and subsequent impact this has had on so many lives in Central Queensland, I am full of admiration for those who haven't let what would be a major setback destroy their spirit.

In tomorrow's CQ News (Friday, October 23) carry a report about the wives of miners who are doing training programs to get back into the workforce.

These community programs are worth their weight in gold.

It can't be easy for those who have made the decision to re-enter the workforce.

Just a few years ago, many miners' wives would have been enjoying the prosperous lifestyle that the big wages of the time provided for those who worked in the sector.

People would have planned their futures based on this.

But then their world was turned upside down.

As Robert Schuller wrote, "Tough times don't last. Tough people do".

Central Queensland is a great place to live - I don't think there's anywhere better.

And I've always found people who live here have a real get-up-and-go approach to life.

I'm confident that though the future may be slightly different to what was envisioned, there are many good times ahead for those prepared to give things a go in this wonderful region.

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