- There is a strong migration away from the country to the city: outback Queensland is experiencing a net migration rate of -10%.
- Mental ill-health and psychological distress are 28.9% more common among farmers than other members of the community.
- The suicide rate in rural and remote Queensland exceeds that of other parts of the state. Queenslanders living outside of urban centres are more likely to take their own life (17.1 per 100,000 people, compared to 10.8 per in Brisbane and 12.8 in other urban centres).
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Journal of Rural Health via NFF 2030 Roadmap, Queensland Mental Health Commission (PDF).
"Mental health issues are a huge concern. Rain isn't going to fix the drought problem overnight. Most people are running less than fifty percent of their normal cattle heard or sheep flock and will not have the money to restock." - Neville, Banana Shire
"Cunnamulla has many 30-year-olds returning to work as teachers, childcare workers, nurses, farmers, farm managers, diesel fitters etc and in turn enhancing the community structure and growing a vibrant community. They are having families and settling in, so we need to ensure they have education, childcare, employment and health services to support and retain them. Sadly, the families of older kids are moving on for better educational opportunities."
Here's how it can be
Equal access to education and training along with support & mentoring sees students get the skills and support they need to return to regional communities, knowing there’s systems in place for a happy life in the bush.
Vibrant regional communities
Our communities are valued places to live with all the essential services needed for a healthy, happy and productive population.