WHAT would you change about Gladstone?
Gladstone's business and community leaders met at GAPDL headquarters on Thursday to hear about the pending results of the Search for Solutions survey.
Held in August, the survey asked five questions of business and industry leaders about what they thought needed to change to improve liveability in the Gladstone region.
More than 106 people responded.
GAPDL CEO Glenn Churchill and Karen Sweeney said there had been a number of recommendations to improve sustainability in Gladstone, including the need for more cafes near the marina, more entertainment, greater appreciation of the region and the retention of local jobs.
The five-person panel consisted of a mix of business and community leaders across Gladstone, including Boyne Tannum Hook-up founder Darryl Branthwaite, Managerial Resource Training manager Tara Neven, Yaralla Sports Club director Will Schroeder, Gecko Valley Winery's Coleen McCray and Cooper McKenzie marketing director Grant Cooper.
Gladstone Observer editor Meredith Papavasiliou quizzed the panel on five specific questions that aimed to identify the pros and cons of living in the Gladstone region.
The points of conversation explored the need to build on already existent infrastructure or to continue to develop new infrastructure in the region.
Ms Neven said Gladstone wasn't as bad as it was perceived in the state media and encouraged people to assess Gladstone's liveability compared to other mining towns.
"We need to look at what we are doing better than other regional towns. Compared to the Pilbara region (in Western Australia), Gladstone is amazing," Tara said.
Mr Cooper said the region's image needed a revamp, with the community responsible for better public perception.
The five panel members agreed with the audience that a collective needed to formed to act as the sole voice of the region.
Gladstone MP Liz Cunningham, Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd and Gladstone regional councillor Maxine Brushe were in attendance.
Q1) How strongly do you agree with the statement: I would rather be in Gladstone?
- Strongly Agree: 36%
- Agree: 52%
- Disagree/Strongly Disagree: 10.3%
- Comments: "Things haven't changed in the past six months"
Q2) What is the most positive thing about the Gladstone Region?
- Moderate climate
- Close proximity to beaches
- High employment levels.
Q3) How strong is the sense of community in Gladstone?
- Moderate to extreme: 69%
Q4) What do you consider being the main living concerns in Gladstone?
- Lack of affordable housing
- Cost of living
- Social infrastructure
- Lack of public transport
Q4) How do you think other people view our town?
- Polluted town
- People have a genuine lack of respect for Gladstone.
This fabulous two storey spacious family home offers space galore for all family members. Perfectly situated on an elevated corner position in the sought after...
On entering this lovely home you cannot mistake the quality of the finishes and the attention to detail. The grand entrance, complete with extra high ceilings...
Raine and Horne Gladstone is delighted to be marketing 2 / 81 Central Lane, Gladstone for sale. Features include: - 3 bedroom fully furnished 168m2 ground level...
This iconic establishment has been a whistle stop for many thousands of Bruce Highway travellers for decades, and now the owner of the property is putting it up...
This three bedroom high set is ready for new owners to make it their own. If you are looking for a project, then this is the property for you. Upstairs boasts...
Set at the top of a quiet cul-de-sac this rendered lowset brick home is well positioned on a spacious 700 sqm metre block with plenty of room for a pool and a...
Are you dreaming of living in a massive family home that boasts the winning combination of picturesque harbour views, a rarely available 2630m2 allotment with...
Raine and Horne Gladstone is delighted to be marketing 16 Schafer Street For Sale. This easy care low maintenance disabled friendly home is located in...
RAINE and HORNE GLADSTONE is pleased to present 6 Rosslyn Close, Carinya Park to the market. Make your move now and don't miss the chance to secure this great...
If you are looking for a modern, low maintenance home, this one is sure to please. This 220m2 three bedroom brick home will certainly please the family with its...
Join the Community.
Get your local news, your way.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.