Report Card for Industry; Residents' Concerns about Health Care and Odours in the Air Revealed In

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Byline: Kieran Moran

GLADSTONE'S Industry has come out just above average and locals have rated health services, infrastructure and odours in the air as major concerns in an industry perception survey released by CQ University yesterday.

Members of the Gladstone Industry Leadership Group released their community perception survey report which measured industry performance against residents' perceptions.

GILG chairman Glenn Schumacher said the survey report provided an impartial evaluation of how the Gladstone community viewed industry in the region.

C[pounds sterling]The survey shows that the Gladstone community continues to strongly support Gladstone's existing industries,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]However, they were critical of industry's performance in some areas.C[yen]

Mr Schumacher said the Gladstone industry needed to improve the clarity and openness of its communication as well as continue its focus on air quality.

C[pounds sterling]As major players in our community, we now have a far better understanding of what the Gladstone community thinks we do well and what we need to work on,C[yen] he said.

CQU senior research officer Lindsay Greer said support for industry was quite strong.

C[pounds sterling]I expected more of a 50-50 outcome so it was really quite positive,C[yen] Mr Greer said.

C[pounds sterling]There are trade-offs that people make in their decision to move to and stay in Gladstone so people are accepting of industry and were very capable of making the trade-offs and I think that sometimes that gets underestimated. …