Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

New Rulers Must Look at Our Pains

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

New Rulers Must Look at Our Pains

Article excerpt

WHOEVER wins government in April must treat the Isacc Regional Council's growing pain crisis as a state priority.

In fact, the problems confronting that district may well present a test case for the rest of Central Queensland as the resource boom gathers pace.

The release of demographer Bernard Salt's study paints a bleak picture for towns like Moranbah.

The mining hub is facing soaring rents and severe shortages of essential services which include doctors, police and nurses.

The release of the report, which examined the impact of mining activity on infrastructure demand, has strengthened calls for urgent action.

Isaac Mayor Cedric Marshall said the estimated shortfalls were proof that the region's non-resident population was putting its essential services under extreme stress.

While Moranbah is the worst affected of the mining boom towns in Central Queensland, most centres are feeling the impact of the resource rush. You would have to have your head in the sand to think the Moranbah experience will not be mirrored in other mining towns. …

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