LETTER: Why is Wide Bay behind the 8-ball?
I FIND it somewhat paradoxical for the retiring Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss to state in his recent letter to the Fraser Coast Chronicle: "Unfortunately some of the applications from genuinely disadvantaged areas have not been of high quality."
This is precisely why regions such as Wide Bay need support and targeted federal input to improve outcomes for the region.
It is nigh on impossible to know how best to apply for funding such as the NSRF if you don't have guidance with this process.
Wide Bay with its high 8.9% unemployment rate suffers disadvantage from cradle to grave for many sectors of the population.
For Warren Truss to state in the same letter: "Talking about only the negative aspects of life in the regions damages local confidence, hurts the economy and encourages people to move to the city" ignores the reality of this disadvantage and the generational impact of this.
To pretend that these negative aspects of life in the Wide Bay region don't exist is wrong.
This is typical of the mindset of the Liberal National Party (LNP) - let's paper over, or their "let's sweep it under the carpet approach."
It's time for this to change. We, as residents deserve better and at the upcoming election will vote accordingly.
It beggars belief that the unemployment rate here is at 8.9% yet just down the road on the Sunshine Coast unemployment rate is 50% less at 4.5%; Toowoomba, a region with less going for it in many ways, has an enviable unemployment rate of 5.2% in comparison to us.
My question for the retiring member for Wide Bay Warren Truss, how is it that this area represented by you since 1990 is so far behind the eight ball?
Why have you failed in boosting employment for the region and as Clementine Norton stated in her editorial on May 4: "But why should we die earlier, have less access for healthcare, employment and education opportunities as a result?"
I will be encouraging everyone I know to think very carefully about who they vote for on July 2nd.
History tells us that to vote for the LNP candidate will fail our region.
We deserve better.
ELLIE LARGE - Black Mountain