A reflection on the Queensland economy in its various phases dating from 1946 to 2016. Advice is given on personal growth and development leading to success.
Retiring at age 83, after 68 years in the public service, Sir Leo made an "unrivalled contribution to Queensland" since he took a job with the state audit office in 1942, aged 15. He established Gladstone as an industrial and resources hub, negotiated key contracts with mining companies to secure royalties for taxpayers, facilitated the development of Griffith University, Queensland's casino industry and two coal terminals, and established the Queensland Treasury Corporation. He developed and fully funded the state's long-term superannuation and employee liabilities, and he drove the planning, financing and construction of the first Gateway bridge in the early 1980s. As a tribute to his services, the dual Gateway bridges were re-named as the Sir Leo Hielscher bridges.
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