Central and North Burnett Times - - OPINION -

I AM ap­proach­ing six months liv­ing in Monto. And yes, there have been some chal­lenges but I have to say Monto has given me a re­ally pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

Like many small towns Monto’s big­gest as­set is its strong sense of community.

The one down­side is Monto’s ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tion can of­ten be a road block to progress.

Monto sits on the edge, not quite the south east cor­ner, some­times Capricornia/Cen­tral Queens­land, some­times Wide Bay. North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil is the lo­cal gov­ern­ment area but Monto is much closer to Biloela than Gayn­dah.

Peo­ple are proud of their patch but when it comes to the pro­vi­sion of ba­sic ser­vices, no one seems to care who pro­vides the ser­vice, they just ex­pect the ba­sic right to be catered for.

Here the tyranny of re­gional bound­aries takes hold, de­spite be­ing the home town and elec­torate of the Deputy Premier. Health­care is a case in point. Monto sits in the Wide Bay Health zone right on the bound­ary with Cen­tral Queens­land.

Monto’s size and lo­ca­tion means it has to fight for recog­ni­tion from re­gional pow­ers in Bund­aberg, let alone Bris­bane.

Yes, you can say we chose to live here, but “so close yet so far” should not be an ex­cuse to hold back ba­sic ser­vices expected in a wealthy na­tion as ours.

Ge­orge Smith Monto jour­nal­ist

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