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Mayor Keenan says city needs more sport facilities

ON A ROLL: Hustlers’ roller derby coach Charlie Keenan (centre) would love to see a dedicated roller derby track, as well as more activities for kids, if he was mayor.
ON A ROLL: Hustlers’ roller derby coach Charlie Keenan (centre) would love to see a dedicated roller derby track, as well as more activities for kids, if he was mayor. Tom Huntley

MORE activities for local youths would be one of the first items of business on Charlie Keenan's agenda, if he was to be crowned mayor of Gladstone.

Mr Keenan caught up with us on Wednesday for a quick chat about what he would do if he was in charge of Gladstone Regional Council, and the coach of the Gladstone Hustlers roller derby team was naturally sport-minded with his ideas.

"Well, to start with, I'd certainly look at what the young kids do. I'd start looking into things to keep the kids off the streets so they're not out causing trouble," Mr Keenan said.

A long-time Gladstone resident, the soccer fanatic and former player also thought improved health facilities for locals would be a boon for the region.

"I guess certainly trying to find a way to get more doctors to Gladstone to help families so they don't have to travel to Rockhampton or Brisbane (would be good)," Mr Keenan said.

He said a lot of people didn't realise the burden travel requirements placed on local families, as the medical expenses were exacerbated by the cost of travel to seek professional treatment.

Mr Keenan said he would also like to see a dedicated derby facility.

"The derby community would love a dedicated track," he said.

Mr Keenan said he would also love to see a centralised sporting complex in Gladstone.

The scattered nature of fixtures at present, particularly with junior sport playing at various locations, poses problems for parents in terms of travel arrangements, an issue that could be alleviated by constructing a major sporting facility.

"On a sports front, perhaps (we need) a central sports field for all sport, a complex that would possibly house an NPL team in the future being the soccer person that I am, and the Capras could also play there," Mr Keenan said.

"I'd also be pushing for Gladstone people to get a Melbourne Cup day off," he laughed, saying he believed that proposal would be well received.

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