EDITORIAL: Nebo’s no backwater

NEBO is not a backwater.

Yet it is being treated as just that.

No doctor, no more internet capacity and restrictions on the opening hours of basic community amenities.

How is this possible?

Our smaller, more remote communities deserve the same access to basic facilities as their most suburban, built-up cousins.

Certainly, not all the bells and whistles - but that's not what the people who call the likes of Nebo home are asking for.

Regional and remote communities should be the lifeblood of our regions; not the forgotten cousins.

In this region, especially, they are literally the communities at the coal face of resource industry fluctuations and what's more, they are the first to feel the full might of Mother Nature.

It really is a case of come hell or high water - and we should be supporting them, not watching them whither into obscurity.

We are talking about basic services.

How is a community expected to attract people - or keep people - without a doctor? And telemedicine is not even an option it seems because the communication infrastructure is too clunky.

But they are the problems.

What is the solution?

On the surface, it's not difficult: Invest.

Invest confidence, invest money, invest in what is an amazing, resilient and enterprising community.