Residents give input into community plans

Community members Linda Gerring, Nich Jolley and Joy Stephens-Jones all provided input during Maryboroughʼs community planning workshop last week.

Issues of public transport, communications and the potential of empty shops in Maryborough were discussed during last week’s community planning workshop.

Funded by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, each of the Central Goldfields Shire’s eight communities are currently undergoing 10-year plans, designed to highlight challenges, ideas and priorities up to 2030.

Almost 400 residents have shared their thoughts on Maryborough’s 10- year plan so far, with a further dozen providing additional feedback at a workshop held on Wednesday.

Resident Linda Gerring attended the workshop and spoke about communications, stating the lack of mobile service in parts of the shire is “a big issue”.

“I live about three kilometres out of town and I have very limited mobile coverage to the point I had to get a Telstra aerial booster installed, it works well so there’s obviously ways that the mobile network can be improved,” she said.

“If the power goes out I lose all coverage for my mobile phone and compared to my neighbours, my coverage is one of the better ones so it’s a big issue.

“We pay the same amount of money for our plans as people do in Melbourne and we get a lesser product, we really should be complaining about it and that’s something I’d like to see fixed in the future.”

Further community workshop sessions will be held at the Betley Mechanics Institute Hall tomorrow, Wednesday, February 26 from 6 pm to 8.30 for Bet Bet and district and for Talbot and district on Thursday, February 27 at the Talbot ANA Hall from 6 pm to 8.30.

For more on this story see Page 8 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, February 25

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