Graham Musgrave.
Graham Musgrave.

Locals miss out in LNG expansion

THE Gladstone Foundation may not provide adequate industry funds to accommodate the future infrastructure of Gladstone.

The outcome of the Social Infrastructure Strategic Plan (SISP) was The Gladstone Foundation which will operate as a mechanism for managing and allocating industry contributions for the community.

“It will regularly consider the Voluntary Industry Framework for investment in the Draft Voluntary Industry Contributions Framework on criteria based on viability, demonstrated need and compatibility with industry requirements,” the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe, said.

However, the Gladstone Regional Council told The Observer yesterday that no funding has been allocated to the infrastructure that has been identified as being necessary to manage the coming industrial expansion.

And most Gladstone locals agree.

Noelene King said the government hasn’t really considered the impacts of what’s about to happen with a 50 per cent increase in population by June next year.

“I don’t think Gladstone will handle the influx of people from the LNG companies,” Ms King said.

“Everything goes up like the rents and houses, but what about hairdressers and girls behind the counters who are still getting the same wage?

“What about us, we have to start sharing accommodation because we can’t afford the rental prices.”

Jennifer Stanely said there needs to be more work done on mental health issues and there should be a mental health hospital in Gladstone.

“There are a lot of people who need help and they are not getting that at the moment in Gladstone,” Ms Stanely said.

“Young people are missing out on mental health services and there needs to be more youth and family services.”

Michelle Creamer said she chooses to be a stay-at-home mother for her children while her husband works.

“But because of the high rents it looks like I may have to go back to work. I would like to look after my children and tackle issues as they arrive, but now, due to the high rents, I will most likely be at work instead of with my family,” she said.

Graham Musgrove said currently the rent is cheap.

“I came from Darwin where currently the cheapest is $600 per week due to the LNG industry."

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