Happy New Year! I thought the best way to start my column for the year would be to give you my 2016 outlook.
It’s a year of uncertainty to those who aren’t agile. It’s a year of opportunity to those who see hidden opportunities. And it’s a year of bust for those who are denial. For Rockhampton and its neighbouring friends, it’s a year of progress. With clicktivism now an ordinary part of everyone’s life, local government elections later in the year will make it very competitive with a “WIN WIN “for constituents.
High speed internet certainly has its advantages but one of its disadvantages is it makes the world smaller, people closer and much more accessible. From a labour hire point of view I see more and more jobs being outsourced but if we line up our ducks, we could be the destination where business outsource too. On the other side, those with low speed internet connections are really going to get left behind which will put a lot of pressure on the Commonwealth Government and its NBN rollout.
A share economy is the new norm but this will cause the economy to further disrupt as newly developed countries will go through boom and further outsourcing of labour resources will continue to new under developed countries such as Vietnam. We’re seeing it with Samsung moving its head office out of China.
One thing that is for certain is more and more people are starting to realise that you have to support the local economy. The Rockhampton CBD will once again return to a vibrant City Heart and local charities will regain support from local businesses.
One source suggests people are moving around more and more which means our local property market could see some increases with rental prices at least covering the mortgage payments. If we market ourselves for what we have to offer, who in their right mind would want to deal with Metropolitan hustle and bustle!
And finally, one thing I really hope for in 2016 is for everyone to get their priorities right. 9 to 5 Monday to Friday jobs just won’t exist in the future. So when you’re not working, make sure the time you spend with your family is 100%. Don’t let your mobile devices rule you. I hope everyone aims for a healthy balance of all the things that’s important to them. Good luck!