The year our fortunes will turn around

EDITORIAL: Sometimes - in truth often - the Chronicle has a duty to report bad news, be it about tragedy, crime, disaster, political goofs or economic malaise.

So it is with great pleasure that we report a well-founded and confident prediction of big improvements in jobs and consumer confidence in 2014.

The latest tourism figures are the best we've seen all year, and they look likely to turn around completely in the new year, nudged along with the help of a little cinematic Mary Poppins magic.

House sales figures and prices are strong and getting stronger. Investors are back and vacancies are low.

Hundreds of retail jobs will be created by the expansion of shopping centres.

Sporting events such as Superboats and junior touch football will pump millions of dollars into our economy.

Big resort attractions at Urangan and Eli Waters are looking good for a 2014 start.

Manufacturing is still in the doldrums, and the region needs to think creatively and pragmatically about the direction it wants to take for a healthy and sustainable future.

Similar creativity is needed to revitalise the Maryborough CBD, and the Imagine This City strategy may be the key.

Other world cities whose economic core has softened have reinvented themselves.

There is no reason why Maryborough cannot do the same.

Here's to a great 2014.



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