Banana Shire ‘forgotten people'
TWENTY-ONE days into the election campaign and how much money has been promised by either party for projects in Banana Shire?
How many Federal Government ministers have visited the Banana Shire district?
How many times has local MP Chris Trevor visited and talked to local voters?
How many big name Coalition representatives have toured the shire?
These are the reasons Banana Shire is being labelled the “forgotten people of Flynn” by acting Mayor Vaughn Becker and his deputy Warren Middleton.
“We are asking the candidates, particularly the two representing the big parties, where is the commitment to local projects,” Cr Becker said. “You are the local men, what are your commitments to the local area? At the moment there are none.”
Council has supplied the candidates for Flynn with a funding “wish list” but are concerned that, with only weeks remaining until voters go to the polls, there has been absolutely no announcements relating directing to Banana Shire.
The wish list includes six key projects: An upgrade of the pipeline from Awoonga to Callide Dam, completion of the Eidsvold-Theodore Road, Banana Shire’s waste strategy, Thangool aerodrome upgrade, Leichhardt Centre in Taroom and a regional art gallery.
Cr Middleton said council was chasing a promise from the local candidates that they would pass the wish list on to their parties.
“Unless this happens, we are going to get nothing out of this election,” Cr Middleton said.
Biloela’s Central Telegraph, a weekly sister paper of The Observer, contacted the ALP and LNP campaign offices on Tuesday asking if they had received the wish list and if they were going to act upon it. By Thursday lunchtime, Central Telegraph had not received a reply.