Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, with ALP candidate Chris Trevor and a number of Gladstone Regional Council councillors, announced $9 million funding for a road leading to the planned Philip Street precinct.
Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, with ALP candidate Chris Trevor and a number of Gladstone Regional Council councillors, announced $9 million funding for a road leading to the planned Philip Street precinct. Mara Pattison-Sowden

Councillor says $9m for social project is poorly thought-out

ELECTION promises are flying fast as Labor candidate for the seat of Flynn Chris Trevor announced $9m towards the Philip St Communities Precinct yesterday.

But local councillor Karen Porter said it was a poorly thought-out decision, that wasn't as forward thinking as it seemed.

"What happens if we don't get the funding in the future and we have a nice big wide road that goes to nowhere?" she asked.

She also challenged the need for the entire project, which she believed would fall back on ratepayers.

"I'm just gobsmacked that there are not more priority projects - there are - than this one," she said.

She named upgrades to Port Access Rd and the Bruce Hwy intersection at Benaraby as other options.

But Mayor Gail Sellers supported this latest hope of funding.

"All we needed was a start," she said. "We've been working for five years on it. It's the number one priority in the social needs area."

See more information on the project here.



UPDATE: Fire crews monitor fire near aged care facility

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Multiple crews attended the fire which broke out earlier today.

Motorcyclist injured in crash with car

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He was transported to hospital overnight.

One in hospital after car crash into parked vehicle

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Paramedics were called to the scene earlier this morning.