Health, roads big issues: MP poll

VOTERS in Maryborough want a better hospital, safer roads and an increase to the aged pension, a new community survey has shown.

The Wide Bay Community Survey 2012 conducted by federal MP Warren Truss quizzed more than 4000 people in Maryborough, South Burnett, Noosa and Gympie.

In Maryborough, 84% of people were not happy with the services at Maryborough Base Hospital.

"Out of 18 policy areas, 63% of those completing the survey rated hospital and health care among their top-four most important concerns," Mr Truss said.

The survey also showed the carbon tax was not well understood in the Wide Bay electorate.

Almost half of all respondents said they did not understand how the tax worked and 17% said they were unsure.

Most people in Wide Bay did not believe the tax would lower their energy consumption and 77% said they would not pay extra to use renewable energy.

Mr Truss said the survey responses would be used to help identify priorities across the electorate and to inform debate in the Federal Parliament.

Visit warrentruss.com to view the full survey results.

 

Top four concerns in Wide Bay

  • Improving hospitals and health care
  • Improving roads
  • Reducing the cost of living
  • Tougher sentences for law breakers

 

Economy in the Wide Bay

  • 80% of survey respondents were concerned about the economic climate
  • 57% said they were worse off now than at this time last year
  • 33% were concerned about their job security
  • 78% said the Federal Government should help businesses to support jobs


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