HERVEY Bay must concentrate on developing more health and aged care services and not rely solely on possibilities in the booming resources industry, the Member for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen, said yesterday.
Mr Sorensen's warning came as he officially opened a new community recreation building in the Parklands Retirement Haven in Emerald Park Wy, Hervey Bay.
Parklands Retirement Haven is run by Torbay Retirement Villages Ltd which also operates the Torbay Aged Care and Retirement Village, in Tavistock St.
"Torbay has to be applauded for its forward thinking," Mr Sorensen said.
"When Torbay was built everybody was critical and said that it was too far out of town - now it is in the middle of town.
"This new facility ... shows how the people in charge continue to look ahead.
"Remember that there is about 12% of the Queensland workforce employed in healthcare and social service as opposed to about 2.3% of the workforce employed in the mining industry."
A plaque at the new recreation centre was unveiled by Torbay president Ted Killer.