What does Gladstone want? Residents have their say online
GLADSTONE residents have plenty of ideas when it comes to what the region needs, with some ideas possible and others more in the ball park category.
Responding to a post on The Observer's Facebook page asking readers to finish the sentence "I wish Gladstone had…", residents went to town with a wish list that included more things for kids and teens to do, a better resourced hospital and more food outlets.
Then there were the bigger ideas, such as a theme park, a Westfield shopping centre and a cable ski park.
Kelly Abell said Gladstone needed a bigger shopping centre with multi-storey undercover parking, and a hospital upgrade with more qualified and permanent surgeons.
"Both public and private hospitals need to be bigger," she said.
Kelly wasn't alone in wishing for more shopping and car parking, with calls for a Spotlight store and an Aldi added to the wish list by others.
The wish for more shopping is likely to soon be fulfilled as construction on a $150 million expansion of Stockland is set to start this year.
This will reportedly give developers room to squeeze in a Target, K-Mart, Coles, two mini-major retail stores, 78 specialty stores, eight kiosks, and five food court outlets.
For eating out, readers wanted a raw food cafe, Sizzler, Boost Juice, a real Italian restaurant, Grill'd burgers, good fish and chips, a sushi train and Popeye's Chicken.
When I was a little girl I loved that place and I'm sure other little kids would too.
There were plenty of comments relating to family act ivities too, including more child-friendly restaurants and a water slide park.
Zenith Dumbleton was one many who called for an indoor play centre for kids - "something like the cubby house where the old tenpin bowling centre was".
"When I was a little girl I loved that place and I'm sure other little kids would too," she said.
Then there was the general wish for more things for children and teenagers to do.
The big dreamers wanted a "proper skate centre", an adventure world like Movie World or Dreamworld, ten pin bowling, a wave pool and a Myer store.
But there were people who were happy with Gladstone just as it is.
Debbie Elsner said the city needed more people who liked Gladstone for Gladstone, and "not just for the money they earn", while Vicki Thorbun wanted "less whingeing people".
Anata Kolesky wanted infrastructure to match the population, so that money that was earned in Gladstone stayed in the region.
What else Gladstone wants
- Paintball fields
- Cheaper rent
- Lower prices
- Classy cocktail/jazz bar
- Pool in Boyne-Tannum area
- Fewer roundabouts...or people who know how to indicate and use roundabouts
Nothing for kids to do in town?
IF THERE was a common theme when we asked Gladstonites what they wanted, it was that there was a lack of options for kids and teenagers to keep them entertained.
Parents Khia White and Lyndon Law are two people who would love to be able to do more with their kids.
"There's really not much to do in town for kids, and it would be good to have a few other things around to do," Khia said.
"I suppose the only things to do now are the parks and the movies, and that's it."
While they acknowledged that the Splash Zone at the Gladstone Aquatic Centre was a great move, they lamented the loss of the Ten Pin Bowling Centre and Family Fun Centre nearby earlier this year.
You really need to keep them occupied to keep them out of trouble as they get older.
They feel they have been left with a lack of options, and the situation is getting so bad that they want to move.
"We've wanted to go back to Brisbane for that reason, for more stuff to do for the kids. There's heaps of options in Brisbane, but they're not really here," Lyndon said.
"We need more options here."
Khia backed up the sentiment.
"I mean down there, there are theme parks and all sorts of things to do. I know this is a regional town but there needs to be more to do."
They also added in a common concern that there was little to do for teenagers in town.
"You really need to keep them occupied to keep them out of trouble as they get older," Lyndon said.