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BITS community push for more teen activities

LIFESTYLE options for residents and tourists in Tannum Sands and Boyne Island are high on the wish list of future planning needs, as well as more activities for teens.

Now is the time for the community to get on board and have its say on a draft plan the Gladstone Regional Council will use as a blueprint for the area over the next 30 years.

The Boyne Island and Tannum Sands Draft Structure Plan Report has already been the product of community workshops and collaboration, but residents are still encouraged to make submissions on what they'd like to see.

Harmony Young-Smith, 17, was hopeful more activities would be made available for youth in the area, as well as a localised public transport option.

"There's nothing for us to do around here," she said.

"All we do is go down to the beach or stay at each other's houses, there's nothing to do out here."

She said a PCYC-type option or a place that had activities on offer would be good because parents worked long hours.

GRC councillor Maxine Brushe said the draft plan was a blueprint for the next 20-30 years for the Boyne-Tannum area.

Tourism has been one industry identified as a potential growth market for Boyne-Tannum and Cr Brushe said there were opportunities to capitalise on the esplanade and river precincts, without losing the area's well-known, laidback vibe.

"This is a beautiful area, not just because of the beach, but also the river," Cr Brushe said.

"You'd go a long way to find a better river than what we have got here on our doorstep so that tourism opportunity, that needs to be developed into something more than what it currently is, it's very passive at the moment.

"For this community to continue to develop and become tourist-orientated, it needs to have products that generate dollars as well."

Tannum Sands local Andrew Stevens was eager to see more lifestyle options for residents and visitors.

"Food courts, it'd be nice to have a cup of tea in the food court," he said.

"A better road into Gladstone and more entertainment.

"There's nothing here, kids want to go to the movies but they can't."

Topics:  boyne island, council, planning, tannum sands, teenagers



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