TOP IDEAS: Gracious Ncube contemplates what she would do if she was mayor of Gladstone.
TOP IDEAS: Gracious Ncube contemplates what she would do if she was mayor of Gladstone. Campbell Gellie

Liven up 'dead' main street, Mayor Gracious says

SOMETHING is dead in Gladstone and Gracious Ncube doesn't like it.

Ms Ncube said Gladstone was nice and quiet, it was good for her kids, but if she was mayor for the day there would be more things to do on the weekends.

"There is not much fuss about crime here and I feel like it is a brilliant place to bring my kids up," she said.

"I moved here eight months ago and I'm glad I made the move."

Ms Ncube said she could not believe that Gondoon St was so quiet on the weekend.

"The main street is dead. A lot of shops are closed and there is no atmosphere," she said.

"Living in Gladstone central I have to travel out to do things.

"If I was mayor I would have the shops open longer and more of them, so people strolled the main street."

Ms Ncube also wanted food shops to stay open later.

"I would like to go food shopping without the kids but the shops close too early," she said.

"Trust me, food shopping is so much better without kids.

"Apparently, the shops used to close earlier, so I should be grateful."

The activities Ms Ncube can do with her children on the weekends was another target.

"In the summer we can go to Tannum Sands but we can only do that once a month before they get bored of it," she said.

"The beaches are really nice but the kids will get bored with that if we do it all of the time.

"I know there is talk of theme parks coming up here but that is going to take a long time."

To make sure everyone was entertained Ms Ncube has to look for new activities.

"We are going horse riding, which will be good because we have never done that," she said

"It is on a nice farm but once again we have to travel out of Gladstone to do something."



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