Agnes Water vet Susannah Plumridge giving Karah a check-up at her surgery on Round Hill Road which took 18 months to be approved and cost more than $100,000.
Agnes Water vet Susannah Plumridge giving Karah a check-up at her surgery on Round Hill Road which took 18 months to be approved and cost more than $100,000. Rob Black

It's too costly, says Agnes vet

“I'M the only professional practitioner in town because no-one else will come here because of the costs and difficulties in setting up,” Agnes Water vet Susannah Plumridge said.

“I only did go through with it because I was determined and I love my job and the animals – anybody else would have just walked away.”

Ms Plumridge was one of a number of business people at Thursday night's public meeting expressing their dismay at treatment by the Gladstone Regional Council.

“People are leaving town because there are no employers – and that's because it costs too much to set up,” she said.

“It cost me $60,000 in headworks fees to convert a shed and it took 18 months to get all the approvals through.

“I get nothing for it – no road, no sewerage, no water. And then they made me put in a $50,000 septic or sewerage system.”

“From the top down I didn't get any satisfaction from town planning,” she said.



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