Joe Ludkin wants to see more people get out and utilise the town’s sporting facilities with their kids.
Joe Ludkin wants to see more people get out and utilise the town’s sporting facilities with their kids. Jake Jones

Free entertainment on Mayor Joe's agenda

IT'S how people spend their time that Joe Ludkin would want to change if he was mayor.

He also wants to see more free entertainment as well as educational opportunities for school leavers offered.

The softball fanatic said it would be good to see more parents getting involved in their children's clubs.

"I think the amenities are good in town," he said.

"I've lived here since I was five years old and I'm now 49 - the climate it great, there's excellent opportunities for the kids to play sport and that's my main interest really.

"I reckon in the future it will still be a real industrial town that hopefully has a balance too for leisure activities."

Mr Ludkin is vice president of Softball Gladstone and his three boys are star players.

He said it would be great to see more free entertainment around town.

"It's fantastic to come down during Harbour Festival, sit on the grass and enjoy it," he said.

Despite working at Boyne Smelters Ltd for 17 years and living in Glen Eden, Mr Ludkin said most of his time was spent at Memorial Park Reserve, helping to upgrade the softball facilities.

"I like going to the water and chilling out at the beach, but I don't get down there much," he said.

"My time is spent down here (at the fields) a lot, so everyone in the club can play on a top-standard field."

He said he wanted to see more young adults stay in Gladstone for their education.

"We can't compete with Queensland University but we can look after our apprentices here," he said.

"Depending on what degree you want you can do a good deal here, but we still need more choices."

He said Mayor Gail Sellers was "doing a good job".

"She was a great softball player and really supports us.

"If I was mayor what I'd do is continue to support Gladstone Softball the way she has."



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