Jobs a ‘significant issue’
Lack of employment a big concern for local residents
ANSWERS from this year’s weekly Myrtleford ‘Person around Town’ questions have revealed a clear trend when asking locals what they see as the town’s ‘most significant issue’.
A massive 63 per cent of interviewed locals revealed employment as their main concern for Myrtleford residents.
Thirty-nine per cent of that 63 spoke specifically about the lack of opportunities of- fered to young people and the fact that they were being forced to move away for higher education, a job or training.
The other 24 per cent spoke about the lack of diverse industries and the need for the town to attract new and different businesses.
One local further commented that the current jobs climate in Myrtleford did not provide enough stability or security for the employee.
Just over 10 per cent of locals also voiced their dismay over the number of people who drove through Myrtleford without stopping to have a look, labelling it a significant issue.
This could perhaps be linked to the lack of industry with one person commenting, “Maybe there’s not enough for them to do”.
It is hoped the new rounda- bout will perhaps encourage tourists to see more of the town and to spend money in the local economy.
Housing prices and a lack of accommodation are also a recurring issue with 15 per cent of answers revolving around this.
100 per cent of July interviewees stated their concern over the local housing climate.
Lack of proper mental health services, water harvesting and coal extraction, as well as the tendency for it to be “who you know, not what you know” were also raised by different people.
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