Mayor Colleen has stacks of ideas for complex city
In The Observer's weekly feature, If I Was Mayor, we ask a local residents how they would run the city.
COAL stacks at Barney Point would be relocated speedily, a revamp of the Barney Point beach prioritised and Gladstone would win the Tidy Towns awards again if Colleen Tribe was mayor of the Gladstone region.
Gladstone is a beautiful place full of generous people, said Ms Tribe, who is actively involved in the community sector.
"We see this a lot at Roseberry Community Services. It always makes me feel quite proud of our city," she said.
Ms Tribe thinks involving people who can't attend council meetings is important, and she would set up videoconferencing to facilitate this.
Ms Tribe's favourite walk is at Spinnaker Park, which she said was really well maintained.
Ms Tribe said Gladstone had a strong future.
"I think that Gladstone will keep thriving and will have a sustaining economy and lifestyle, that other towns would envy- despite what others are saying to try and drag us down," she said.
If she were mayor, she would fly flags from street lights to promote community festivals and events.
Ms Tribe said Gladstone's buildings are reflective of the city's history and should be celebrated.
"The art gallery, entertainment centre and library all look great and show off the thriving aspect of the economy," she said.
Ms Tribe said she wouldn't put her hand up for the job of mayor in real life.
"I can honestly say I wouldn't like to have the Mayor's job at all - it is way too difficult to please so many factions. I take my hat off to the Mayoress," she said
"Gladstone is a very complex city to govern."