Premier and ministers lend ear to local Community Cabinet
THE full Queensland Ministry heard the complaints, ideas, concerns and pleas of the Gladstone community yesterday afternoon as about 200 people packed the Tannum Sands State High School Performance Centre.
Business owners, medical professionals, councillors and everyday citizens had to pass through the metal detectors and were greeted by plain clothed police waiting inside the building and Gladstone Police patrolling the school.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her ministers were the last to file in before they faced 116 formal deputations at the Community Cabinet.
Ms Palaszczuk introduced Gladstone member Glenn Butcher first, who received a warm applause, then her cabinet members who didn't generate much fan fare.
After her speech there was were questions from the audience.
Mother Jenny Morris raised the issue of paediatricians in the region.
"Gladstone has a tricky history around paediatric services recently," she said.
"We have had no or no permanent or very limited paediatric services at all. Second set of circumstances is we have had two excellent paediatricians, with their passion for the medical side and the community.
"They have lacked support in terms of resources in doing the job they need to do it and have left."
Health minister Cameron Dick said a new paediatrician had started on January 4 at Gladstone Hospital and another one was coming.
Calliope farmer Leo Neill-Ballantine asked Transport Minister Mark Bailey for road train access from Biloela to the Gladstone Harbour.
"This will benefit the cattle, grain and agriculture industries," he said.
Mr Bailey said the government was looking into the business opportunities for that investment to see if it would be profitable.
Out of the five questions asked, questioners seemed positive about the response they were given despite none of them being given an definite yes or no.
After that ministers broke up to deal with the 116 private deputations.
This morning GAPDL will be hosting Ms Palaszczuk and treasurer Curtis Pitt for a business breakfast at 6.30 at Yaralla Sports Club.
After that the ministers will have a normal private cabinet meeting.