Gladstone locals outline main election concerns
WHAT are the election issues Gladstone locals are concerned about?
The Observer sat down with Steve Roberts, who has lived in Gladstone his whole life, barrister Bill McMillan, and Brian Ross, who got work in Gladstone more than 40 years ago, to talk about the upcoming state election.
Mr Roberts' main election issue was getting a fairer share of mining royalties from Gladstone, and what will happen if the port is leased.
"If the Gladstone port is leased, what will happen to all of the land they own north of Hanson Rd where the businesses are?" he asked.
"If you look at their 50-year plan, a lot of the future developments have been rubber stamped and a lot will go ahead.
"The sale of the assets could rip the heart out of Queensland just for south-east Queensland."
Mr Ross' main was electing someone who had a vision for Gladstone.
"I always wanted for the town we live in to have a vision, so young children don't have to leave the town to find work," he said.
"We need a vision for the development of the area and the CQ regional resources to use our seaside harbour city.
"The long term liveability for infrastructure and why we need to go out of town for health.
"The Gladstone hospital should be able to screen for prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and breast cancer."
For Mr McMillan, the main issue was the benefits for Gladstone for the proposed lease of the port.
"We want clarity on the contract. What will we get back on a cost benefit-return or will the return all go back to Brisbane?" he asked.
"What are the terms of the lease?
"I have statutory lease experience and they can be quite weird, where the tenant can be given a fair bit of leeway.
"It could be a single lease with multiple subleases and will they deal with them as individual tenants?
"It could all change when cheaper coal is found overseas or it's not so cool. I would like to see some clarity on the terms of the lease."
If voting today, who would you vote for in Gladstone?
This poll ended on 30 January 2015.
Craig Tomsett, Greens
Craig Butler, Independent
Michael Duggan, LNP
Glenn Butcher, ALP
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.