Health and roads among top issues for Glen Innes residents

Attracting more health workers to the area was one of the main concerns raised by residents ahead of the December 4 Local Government elections.
Attracting more health workers to the area was one of the main concerns raised by residents ahead of the December 4 Local Government elections.

Residents say access to health care and the need for urgent road repairs are two of their main concerns for the shire.

In the lead-up to this weekend's election, the Examiner created a poll asking residents the top three issues for the Glen Innes Severn region?

One respondent said the condition of roads was dangerous. "The roads are a disgrace," another agreed.One claimed dirt roads were in a terrible state, while some responses also indicated an issue with potholes around town.

"What happened to a dedicated patching team for the town area, not just a Jetpatcher for the whole LGA?" one respondent asked.

Access to effective health care is also an issue including professionals, facilities and services. "There is a lack of GPs and permanent doctors at the hospital," one person said.

Another issue high on the agenda was public transport. "There is hardly any public transport for the elderly," one resident posted. "Transport is an issue... so many people can not drive to appointments or have anyone to take them to see specialists," another said along with calls for a bus service and restart of the train service.

Business growth and employment opportunities were also raised, one resident saying new industries needed to be attracted to the region.

One resident asked why there were no green waste bins provided, having to pay $10 at the tip instead, while another commented on rubbish dump fees. "Why do we have them at all considering we already pay garbage rates?" they asked.

One respondent said there was a lack of up to date and exciting parks while another asked for public wi-fi and charge points with seating.

One person said there needed to be a review of council's priorities while another agreed money was "wasted" on non-essentials.

Also on the list was crime and the destruction of property, homelessness, employment, housing, climate change and preparation for events such as drought and fire, a proposed feedlot, the rail trail and the call for an indoor heated pool complex.

There was also suggestion to drop the 'r' from the name Severn.