Gladstone residents have their say on Queensland's debt

MORE than 2000 Gladstone residents have reportedly had their say on the state's budget in a virtual town hall meeting on Monday night.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls said people voiced a wide range of ideas and concerns, from more government accountability for spending, improving the management of state-owned assets and how roads were upgraded, to funding for public housing and how spending was distributed across Queensland.

"It was clear the people of Gladstone welcomed the opportunity to participate from the comfort from their own homes and that they feel passionately about the strong choices we need to make," Mr Nicholls said.

People who had registered to take part in the virtual town hall, as well as phone numbers selected at random, were phoned across the regions, with people advised of the event via radio and print advertising.

Thousands of Queenslanders are taking part in virtual town halls as part of the state government's Strong Choices campaign.

"The virtual town hall brought together people from all walks of life to have their say on how to tackle the $80 billion debt and $4 billion yearly interest bill," Mr Nicholls said.

"The government faces three choices - significantly increased taxes, reduced services or the sale or lease of some assets - and last night's teleconference was a great way to discuss those choices with even more Queenslanders.



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