CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY: After discovering just how much goes on in the Gladstone Region, CQUniversity Jessica Adams was inspired to put all the information into one app.
CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY: After discovering just how much goes on in the Gladstone Region, CQUniversity Jessica Adams was inspired to put all the information into one app. Mara Pattison-Sowden

Your Story: How I can help Gladstone grow

CQUniversity students have participated in a two-week project to drive innovation in the community.

On Friday they pitched their ideas to a 'Dragon's Den' of leaders.

Jessica Adams shares how she is planning to grow her community:

Jessica Adams: I've lived in Gladstone all my life, so I was really excited that this course would let me give back to the community and also let me learn a bit more about the region.

I'm a second-year accounting student studying with CQUniversity at Rockhampton.

I'm hoping to work in the region once I've graduated, so I definitely want to see Gladstone grow and improve.

Doing tours of Gladstone and hearing from business and industry leaders - some event organisers were explaining they had to book events nearly a year in advance because there was so much going on - and just living in town, I'd never realised it was that busy!

Initially, I thought it would be good to bring more family and youth activities to Gladstone and create a theme park or something.

But then I realised how much was already happening and that, too often, people just didn't know.

So that inspired our idea of an app to capture everything going on in one place.

Growing up here, my family went to Facing Island a lot, and camping and fishing and bushwalking are huge drawcards for the region, so the app would include that.

It could be a great thing for tourists and to encourage people arriving on the cruise ships to return for.

I know a lot of people who have moved here in recent years and they don't have the connections in Gladstone they did in their own community, so they don't hear about what's happening.

If every new arrival had the opportunity to download the app, I think the whole community would definitely benefit.

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