ELECTION QUESTIONS: Locals have their say on key issues for the region at the coming state election.
ELECTION QUESTIONS: Locals have their say on key issues for the region at the coming state election. Brooke Duncan

Callide's election issues

AS THE election draws nearer, candidates are busy campaigning and plenty of promises are being made.

But what about the issues that matter to locals? This week Chinchilla News took to the streets to find out what matters to the Chinchilla community at this election.

For Trish Williams, mental health support is a big issue.

"My concern is the mental health and the availability of doctors,” Ms Williams said.

With a family member suffering from anxiety Ms Williams said she knew first- hand the difficulty in getting access to support services, the family looking for help for six months.

"Mental health is so hard to get any help.”

"(We've had) no success at all,” she said.

"(It) needs a major overhaul out here.”

Another point of concern was options for youth in Chinchilla.

She said she thought youth crime rates could be related to not having enough ways for youth to spend their time.

For Peter Dixon a key election issue will be road maintenance and funding.

"The biggest things we find are the roads.”

Chris Wright agreed, and said he felt a big issue was the disparity in government spending between major centres and the coast, and regional and rural areas.

"(The) amount of money they waste in Brisbane and the coast... all the stuff we have to deal with,” Mr Wright said.

He cited bad roads and electricity prices as key issues experienced in the area.

Wandoan local of 82 years Leo Bahnisch said he was looking for strengthening of rural communities.

"We've got a town there with a lot of houses and nobody in them,” Mr Bahnisch said.

"All this mining came in and bought all the houses and the old people shifted out.”


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