FORWARD FOCUS: Pam and Warwick Taylor would start planning for the future of Gladstone if they were mayor for the day.
FORWARD FOCUS: Pam and Warwick Taylor would start planning for the future of Gladstone if they were mayor for the day. Campbell Gellie

Shift focus away from industry, mayor pair say

PAM and Warwick Taylor moved from Newcastle to Gladstone six years ago and if they were mayor for the day they would inject some Newcastle wisdom.

The couple, from one of Australia's other industrial towns, said Gladstone needed to prepare for the future.

"Gladstone is 20 years behind where Newcastle is now," Mr Taylor said.

"Newcastle has moved away from industry and is more of a tourist town."

He said the transition from industry to tourism was the result of a lot of planning.

"It would take a lot of work for Gladstone to change its focus to tourism," he said.

"Gladstone needs to think of the tourist. What is there to offer tourists?"

Mrs Taylor said developments like East Shores were a good start.

"It's a real plus. People are trying to do their best for the community," she said.

"But there has to be more things for everyone, not just a select few."

Mrs Taylor would like to see activities for teenagers and adults.

"There is no longer a bowling alley and there's no mini putt," she said.

"The PCYC is good but it can't provide all the entertainment."

With the big workforce of men in Gladstone she said it would be good to have activities for women.

"What is there to do for women who don't work?" she asked.

"It would be advantageous for the town if there were more activities for them."



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