'Jobs is a major one': East Shores construction on list
A WISH list for Gladstone's future is being put together by our region's state member, and anyone keen to have their say.
Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher has started his "Butcher's Paper" as a guide for what residents want to see in the near and long-term future for Gladstone.
High on Mr Butcher's list are jobs, infrastructure and development, but he said the aim of this paper was to find out what Gladstone residents wanted.
Listen: Glenn Butcher explains Butcher's Paper:
While the name and promo video for the project are done tongue in cheek, Mr Butcher said the paper could have a serious long-term impact.
Now halfway through his first state parliament term, Mr Butcher said the paper would give him a guide to what resident want him to deliver in the next 18 months.
Already ticked off his list is to secure funding for the emergency department upgrade and the Calliope State High School and to save the Gladstone Port from privatisation.
Among jobs and infrastructure, another project on the agenda is to start stages two and three of East Shores.
"Coming up to an election we need to look at the direction for Gladstone and ask people what's next for the region," Mr Butcher said.
"I'm really interested in working with the Ports Corporation to bring stages two and three of East Shores.
"What we've done so far is fantastic for the community so early next year hopefully we'll have some good news about those upgrades," he said.
"For me jobs is a major one.
"I'm keen to assist the new bio fuels plant coming, and any other major company coming to Gladstone by helping them through any hurdles in government."
Mr Butcher said some of the suggestions could even be used as election promises.
"It'll be a great opportunity to reach out to the government and say these are some of the big concerns for Gladstone residents, so can we get some support for this for the election.
"We've done some amazing work over the past 18 months and my objective is to keep working for the community.
"Hopefully by the end of the year we'll see what people want and then I can work on them for the last 12 months of my election cycle," he said.
Mr Butcher is serving his first parliamentary term, taking over from retiring member Liz Cunningham.
The promo video for the paper is on Mr Butcher's Facebook page and website. It features the politician picking up butchers paper from a Gladstone butcher and grinning and waving at his twin brother Wayne.
The clip will be played before every film at the cinemas before the end of the year, and will be spruiked by Mr Butcher and his team at market events.