Transit centre lets down heritage city
I DO not usually complain about things and rarely write to others with my opinions but a recent trip to Maryborough and a situation I saw at the transit centre compelled me to pen this note to both the council and the local newspaper.
Upon arrival into my beautiful home town of Maryborough recently, I was shocked to encounter the first thing visitors must see – a dirty, run-down air raid shelter and transit centre.
Maryborough is the gateway to the Fraser Coast and tourists, even if they are passing through, see the transit centre and surrounds as an indication of the local area. In its current state, it makes Maryborough look like the sort of place you would be crazy to stop at – certainly not the beautiful heritage city it is.
So much for tourism and keeping some dollars rolling through the local economy.
While I can appreciate that the shelter is part of Maryborough’s history and may be heritage listed, I do not understand why it has to be kept in such a state of disrepair and ruin.
Perhaps a lovely mural of Maryborough or a Fraser Coast scene could be used to welcome visitors instead.
As for the transit centre, surely it wouldn’t cost much to spruce this area up.
Visitors frequent the transit centre a few times each stay and to spend a period of time in this run-down, dirty area is uncomfortable and leaves a bad taste in your mouth, especially when the rest of Maryborough is so beautiful.
Put simply, it brings the whole city down.
Furthermore, while I was waiting for my coach, a woman who needed to use the bathrooms had to “go bush” as the transit toilets were locked.
This is not only dangerous but totally outrageous and a scene I’ve only witnessed in places like India.
It’s certainly nothing I expected to encounter in a well established and cherished heritage town of Australia.
Come on Maryborough – let’s represent our city properly by welcoming visitors with a clean and functioning transit centre.
It just might entice them to stay in our beautiful city and boost the local economy.
CATHERINE KELLY, Fraser Coast.