COMBINED EFFORT: Brunch’s Cafe owner Tracey Jaggard and City Centre Plaza manager Angela Grant attend the CBD meeting at Town Hall.
COMBINED EFFORT: Brunch’s Cafe owner Tracey Jaggard and City Centre Plaza manager Angela Grant attend the CBD meeting at Town Hall. Austin King ROK

Michelle Landry looks for ideas on CBD problems in Canberra

MEMBER for Capricornia Michelle Landry intends to take the "Rockhampton CBD problem" to Canberra.

Ms Landry was among several Rockhampton political and business stakeholders, including cafe owner Tracey Haggard and City Centre Plaza manager Angela Grant (pictured), to toss around ideas on how to solve the CBD's public nuisance problem.

In a bid to come up with ideas to alleviate the escalating CBD and river issues concerning alcohol abuse and public nuisance, Ms Landry told The Morning Bulletin yesterday she was going to contact Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion to gather some ideas.

Mr Scullion is the senator for the Northern Territory.

He has championed several initiatives, with indigenous communities in north Australia, relating to alcohol abuse problems in various regions throughout the state, Ms Landry said.

Ms Landry yesterday met Rockhampton CBD traders, Queensland Police Service representatives, the Rockhampton Mayor, the Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne and other business owners to brainstorm ideas about how to address vagrant and alcohol-fuelled problems in the CBD.

Ms Landry believes, in essence, that the problem with CBD drunks and vagrant street loiterers should be dealt with as a community issue, and shared that view with all parties at the meeting.

"The whole idea is to remove these (vagrants) from the CBD, but not transfer the problem to another area in Rockhampton," she said.

"We also need to look at some of the legalities around this issue."

Ms Landry said she was eager to see the Rockhampton mall and riverfront development come to fruition, but the CBD problem should be solved first to make people feel safe.

Mayor Margaret Strelow said it was good to revisit these issues, and how best to come up with solutions for them, but she didn't want to "reinvent the wheel".

Another meeting has been planned in the coming months.



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