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