15 Sep GLADSTONE – YOUR THOUGHTS, OPINIONS AND IDEAS WILL BE HEARD
LISTENING IS AN ART THAT REQUIRES YOU TO PUT OTHERS OVER SELF AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT OUR MEMBER FOR GLADSTONE GLENN BUTCHER WILL DO OVER THE COMING MONTHS.
Glenn has put the call out asking Gladstone residents to share their vision for Gladstone and to add their ideas on what’s next for the region to his Butcher’s Paper.
“In the 18 months since I was elected, some great things have been achieved for Gladstone, while there is certainly more work to be done and I am committed to continuing the effort, it’s time for some fresh ideas from the people, which is why I am inviting community members to tell me what’s next.” Mr Butcher said.
“When I reflect on what has been achieved so far I feel proud of what we have delivered for our State but more importantly what has been delivered on the ground here in Gladstone. Picking just one favourite moment is hard to do”.
“But Community Cabinet coming to Gladstone in January this year would have to be one of the best. Delivering the announcement of the Accident & Emergency upgrade that the community so desperately needs and the commitment to build the school at Calliope, it was a pretty special few days”.
“And of course when I knew the Gladstone Port was safe from being sold, well I couldn’t have been happier. I know how important that Port is to the security of our Community”, Mr Butcher said.
Beyond these major milestones, it’s the smaller achievements that put a smile on Mr Butcher’s face. Such as, calling Narelle from the Gladstone Musical Society and telling her that after unsuccessful attempts they were finally getting the money they needed to replace the roof of the Hall.
“Narelle was so excited she was yelling on the phone”. Mr Butcher said.
Or the chance to announce at the PCYC Charity Ball, that they has been successful in getting $20 000 to assist young people to complete their 100 hours of driver training.
“Or simply being able to help out someone who is meeting with me and sharing their personal story, often at their wits end”, Mr Butcher said.
“My job is to deliver the major infrastructure that benefits the entire community like schools, hospital upgrades and extra police, but it is also to help out individual families, to sponsor kids to get to their state and national titles and to make a difference in our community”, Mr Butcher said.
While he acknowledges that the job comes at a price, not coming home to his family every night being the biggest sacrifice, he wouldn’t change anything, and is honoured to be representing the people of Gladstone.
“As part of my mandate for the Gladstone region, it’s my top priority to get word of mouth feedback. This is vital to the effective allocation of resources, the success of developments, and the longer-term success and direction of the Gladstone region – I want to hear from the people I represent about their thoughts for the future of our great town.”
“There are so many people in our community with great positive ideas on how to make Gladstone even better, and I would love to hear from them”, Mr Butcher said.
Residents will have the opportunity to add their ideas to the ‘Butcher’s Paper’ at upcoming market stalls, by visiting the office or by uploading them online at glennbutchermp.com.au