MAYOR IDEAS: Local man Cedric Williams has high hopes for Gladstone.
MAYOR IDEAS: Local man Cedric Williams has high hopes for Gladstone. Christopher Chan

Mayor Cedric would make health a priority

TALLER buildings, better parking and health services would be available for locals if Cedric Williams was mayor of the Gladstone region.

Gladstone was a town full of opportunities, said Mr Williams.

"It's there for people who want to have a go."

But if he was mayor, Mr Williams would use his influence to lobby for much greater public investment in the health system.

"We need to address more health issues here, have more beds and facilities for mental health patients," he said.

"As mayor I'd be fighting to have these things put in. Major companies shouldn't be tasked with it when it's government's job to provide these things."

Mr Williams is also passionate about the need to stop suburban sprawl, and reckons we should build upwards, not outwards.

"We're half the way to Calliope now, but we could have got a lot more people in town by going higher," he said.

Building more car parks in Gladstone city so all businesses had a allocated parking would be great for local business, he said.

"People have to park a long way from where they work, and when you have a business that's in and out of the office all day you do more walking than you do driving."

He said Gladstone also needed to become more cultural, and businesses need to be encouraged to stay open later in the evening.

"Try to get a cup of coffee after 5pm and you're in trouble," he said.

Red tape needs to be cut so local businesses can afford to stay open later, and more needs to be done to make sure rental properties are available for people no matter what their income.

"We've seen some horrible things done here, with the economics of industry," he said.

"Not everybody's making good wages and a lot of good people have had to leave town."

In 20 years Gladstone will still be a major industrial city, according to Mr Williams, which highlights the importance of our parks and public spaces.



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