You do not have to be living in a capital city to be a mover and shaker.
Often you can be making a difference and creating new solutions thousands of kilometres away from the big smoke.
In the past 12 months there has been a significant push for people to move from capital cities to regional areas like the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday region, which offers more space, career opportunities and improved quality of life.
As we highlight each month on Transformation Region there are many Change Champions who are part of our regional landscape who choose to live and create in our region.
And Royce Bailey is one of them.
From growing up in Clermont to living in Mackay, now settled in Dysart he has a successful start up 3DPRINT RV where his 3D printing solution Kelvacool Caravan Fridge Fans continues to grow from strength-to-strength.
He believes the MIW region is well placed and has the right balance of big and small businesses and industries that are always thinking outside the box and looking for innovated ideas that can make life easier.
His advice is if you have a good idea make a prototype, start talking and get the word out there.
“Age isn’t a barrier, if you are younger, you have the drive and passion, if you are older you have the experience and know how.
“It doesn’t matter what stage of life you are at if you have a good idea go for it. If you don’t, you might regret it and never know what could have been,” he said.
As we continue to experience the changes that technology is bringing Mr Bailey said we must embrace the future of work.
He said the changes we are seeing in the digital age are not threatening if people have the basic skills, they can go out there and “give it a crack”.
“Roll with change, whether we like it or not (technology)is here and we have the choice to be stagnant and lose touch or embrace it.”
Royce said it is important to foster innovation in the youth in the community and give them a platform to experience what is on offer.
Royce has been very involved with the Isaac Regional Council’s Lego and Robotics Program, where he has been a mentor for three years.
The program gives students an opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals of programming and an experience they might not have been given through their school.
“Perhaps someone is a genius in a particular field, but they don’t know, because they don’t get an opportunity.
“If I can get one young person into a STEM career, I want to make it happen. I would like to give more opportunities to the youth out here.”
Royce said the way our region is transforming is life changing- but its positive change.
“Once you get the hang of technology it loses its mystery and its threatening nature, you become accustomed to it.
“And who knows in 15 years’ time we could be so far ahead from where we are now, we will be leading the way,” he said.
You can find out more about 3DPRINTRV here: https://www.3dprintrv.com/