Forum co-ordinates Bay wish list

ON THE same night that voter apathy reigned at Hervey Bay's Meet the Candidates debate, more than 100 people from all walks of life got together at the Hervey Bay Boat Club to come up with a project wish list for the region.

The Hervey Bay Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank hosted the forum to identify projects the group could help fund.

The most popular projects were a bike way and light rail link between Hervey Bay and Maryborough West; a defensive driving training centre; medical equipment – especially a dialysis machine; a convention or civic centre; a new kitchen for Meals on Wheels; assistance for the PCYC; and accommodation for youth and others in crisis.

Rod Cullen, the chair of Hervey Bay and District Financial Services, the company that owns and operates the local branch, said the meeting was a success with many projects identified.

“The guests were passionate about the plans put forward and we are looking forward to seeing the progress of the projects,” he said.

Mr Cullen said the board was committed to holding further community forums and acting as a conduit for constructive dialogue between residents and local and state governments to progress the projects.

The projects will be listed under Fraser Coast Community Projects on www.planbig.com.au and community members can comment online about the project they believe is the most needed on the Fraser Coast.



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