EQUINE NECESSITY: Regan Fletcher believes more facilities for horse sports are a major necessity around Gladstone.
EQUINE NECESSITY: Regan Fletcher believes more facilities for horse sports are a major necessity around Gladstone. Christopher Chan

If I Was Mayor: Focus would be on rural areas

SHE is a country girl through and through, and if she were mayor, things would be a lot different.

Regan Fletcher says her first move as newly appointed head of Gladstone Regional Council would be to allocate funding towards an indoor horse arena.

"I may be a little biased," she laughed.

"I believe a big indoor arena would not only support a lot of the local horse sports in our region, but would further their future growth attracting more shows to the area."

Mrs Fletcher believes the foundation of the region came from country roots, and we should continue to honour those humble beginnings well into the future.

"I live in Calliope, but the surrounding communities of Mount Larcom and the Boyne Valley are still very much focused on agriculture," she said.

"I believe it is important that each area of the Gladstone region is properly represented in council too."

Mrs Fletcher said only a person hailing from the country could truly understand the issues present to the people who live there.

"Gladstone's now a suburb of Calliope - we are growing so fast," she laughed.

"The council needs to have a balance of people from all backgrounds and walks of life.

"A Calliope councillor would better understand the need for things like flood-proofing and communication."

She believes the Agnes Water region is also deserving of a locally based councillor to best represent the small yet iconic surfing town which attracts tourists in their droves each year.

"I think Agnes Water is largely overlooked as a part of Gladstone," she said.

"It's probably the biggest tourist hot spot in the area and they deserve to have someone representing them in council too."

Furthermore, promotion of groups close to Mrs Fletcher's heart such as local support networks for cancer patients would be thrust into the spotlight.

"We have a lot of support groups in our region, but I think they need more support too," she said.

"If we could strengthen these groups by giving them more resources I think it would make our community as a whole stronger."



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