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THIS week on The West­ern

Star web­site, we shared an ar­ti­cle about coun­cil­lor Cameron O’Neil propos­ing a re­quest for an agenda re­port into a po­ten­tial grant scheme, which would bring more per­ma­nent res­i­dents back to Roma and sur­rounds.

Here’s what our read­ers had to say:

Ange Hammond: I feel there is pro’s and con’s to this scheme es­pe­cially for peo­ple that don’t al­ready live in the Roma Com­mu­nity is there enough work there to drive peo­ple to buy? Many other fac­tors would also come into play as well.

Nancy Porter: Why just 4455? Why not in­clude the small outer towns like Amby, Mitchell, Su­rat, In­june, Wal­lum­billa, Hodgson ? We are all part of the Mara­noa and use Roma as their main base.

Cher­i­lyn Bickers: I think per­son­ally this is a fan­tas­tic idea, it should have been done a long time ago though.

The only is­sue is, a lot of the peo­ple still rent­ing in Roma don’t have the credit rat­ings to pur­chase a house even with the help of this po­ten­tial scheme.

Maybe the coun­cil need to look fur­ther into the idea as a whole.

Pos­si­bly of­fer­ing com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion / fi­nan­cial plan­ning ses­sions for peo­ple who need help with these sorts of things. i.e. buy­ing a house, where do they start, what steps do they need to take.

It’s all well and good to of­fer a grant to buy a house, but only peo­ple with the smarts about this will re­ally know how to go about it and apply for it.

How bout we go back to ba­sics and start help­ing and ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple here in Roma al­ready.

Once there’s a bet­ter ba­sis in the town, the peo­ple will come back.

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