Residents objects to boring Gladstone title

By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au

DEBBIE Mills' blood boiled when she heard Gladstone was nominated as Central Queensland's most boring city on national television yesterday.

'I was watching the Today show with Tracey Grimshaw and they said 'email us the most boring place in Central Queensland',' Mrs Mills said.

She said she was furious when someone nominated Gladstone in front of the massive television audience.

'I thought it was pretty bad because Gladstone is a beautiful area with plenty of things to do,' she said.

'We've got the islands, art gallery, museum, good food and plenty of good food.'

Her husband Stephen said yesterday while it was his wife's "crusade'' to restore the good name of Gladstone, he'd give his two cents as well.

'(Whoever sent the email) you need to get off your butt and get around Gladstone. There's a lot of little nooks and crannies around here that are very interesting,' he said.

'We've got a very interesting hinterland, the Boyne River, Cania and Carnarvon gorges.

'People need to learn to look around the corner. Gladstone has one of the best botanical gardens in Australia, our art gallery is equal to anything in regional areas, and there's a world class harbour.'

Mr Mills said Gladstone's parkland, including Spinnaker Park, would be the envy of many regional centres.

He said Gladstone boasted 40 kilometres of bicycle and walking tracks, along with an assortment of lookouts, and a pod of dolphins in Auckland Creek.

'When you consider the dirty industry town image we had in the '60s, we've come a long way,' Mr Mills said.

'We might consider dropping Tracey Grimshaw a line if we are labelled the most boring place in Central Queensland.'

An announcement was expected on this morning's show.



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