OUR SAY: Fund pushes boundaries of ‘region’
THE Fraser Coast is doing better than some in the bid for Stronger Regions funding - our neighbours in Bundaberg have not received a cent, for example.
But that does not mean it is appropriate to spend 20% of the money allocated for a so-called regional fund in metropolitan areas.
I can understand facilities like Ronald McDonald House getting funding, as it shelters sick kids from regional areas.
But do the Brisbane Broncos and Brisbane Lions football clubs really need money that could be helping our kids? That seems like a bit of a stretch to me.
This is the whole point of the Fair Go campaign - that we can show the Federal Government that we will hold them accountable.
If they give money meant for regional areas to the cities, what else is going on behind the scenes?
We are not saying that we deserve more than our city counterparts, nor that people should stop living on the Fraser Coast and just move to the Big Smoke if they want better resources - it's the complete opposite, in fact.
All we want is for our region to be given adequate support to ensure our quality of life, health and education outcomes are on par with the rest of Australia.
In other words, we want resources and fund allocations to be fair, whether you're in Hervey Bay, Mackay, or Fortitude Valley.
Is that too much to ask?