Jobs a ‘sig­nif­i­cant is­sue’

Lack of em­ploy­ment a big con­cern for lo­cal res­i­dents

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPITERI tspi­[email protected]­me­

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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