Region of broken promises
LOCAL residents are concerned that Gladstone is fast becoming the region of broken promises.
All tiers of government tout that Gladstone is on the verge of an economic and industrial boom.
Both sides of the political spectrum have said that Gladstone is one of the engine rooms of the country.
Yet, Gladstone and the entire Central Queensland region is sadly lacking in just about every community and social service.
From health to education, child care, housing, transport, sports, recreation, aged care and the environment, Gladstone has limited services if any to currently support the 50,000 people that already live in the region.
Gladstone Engineering Alliance CEO Karen Porter said all levels of government have the ability to strategically plan and fund hard and soft infrastructure to support economic and community development. “It is interesting that we have to wait for an election to attract attention,” Ms Porter said.
“This region contributes significantly to the economy and per capita provides more gross domestic product than anywhere in Australia yet we have to decide in the few short weeks before each election, which side will deliver on funding for basic community needs.”
Member for Flynn Chris Trevor has promised funding for the super clinic, Calliope crossroads, Agnes Waters High School and the Miriam Vale Junior Rugby League Club. Ken O’Dowd has promised the same. “I have not broken one of my 2007 pre-election promises to the people of Gladstone,” Mr Trevor said.
Mr O’Dowd said he will deliver on funding promises. “That is my contract with the electorate. The funding is approved and locked into the forward estimates for a new Liberal National Government," Mr O’Dowd said.
Australian Medical Association representative for Central Queensland Kim Bullwinkle said the election has become a carefully scripted and highly stage-managed game. “We should be able to look to our federal government for intelligent medium and long-term strategic policy and leadership beyond the three year electoral cycle.”
Gladstone Acting Mayor Gail Sellers said she herself has been guilty of broken promises.
“Generally Gladstone has been very lucky and our representatives have in respect to projects followed through, but nationally it’s more inclined for the party to fail rather than the individual.”