Yeppoon residents and business owners (top, from left) Theresa Hardy, Lynelle Vale, Ann Mackenzie, Maree Smalley, (bottom) Warren Carr and Belinda Harris meet to discuss their plight and plead their case to Campbell Newman for a review of the shire amalgamation.
Yeppoon residents and business owners (top, from left) Theresa Hardy, Lynelle Vale, Ann Mackenzie, Maree Smalley, (bottom) Warren Carr and Belinda Harris meet to discuss their plight and plead their case to Campbell Newman for a review of the shire amalgamation. Nikita Watts

Yeppoon businesses struggling

A TOTAL of $1.75 was all Ann Mackenzie had to show for two weeks of trade at her Kindred Spirits store.

The Yeppoon business owner is behind on rent, and says turn over and customers are non-existent; but she is not the only one in Yeppoon struggling to earn a living.

Kindred Spirits was going to close in September as Ann was moving away, but now she and a few other Yeppoon businesses are thinking of closing up shop in June if things do not pick up.

And they blame the amalgamated Rockhampton Regional Council for not doing enough for the town or to bring tourists in.

Already more than 12 Yeppoon businesses have closed in the past 12 months, including franchises such as Brumby’s and Ed Harry in the CBD.

Business owners like Ann met in a group yesterday to discuss the recent poll findings on the performance of amalgamated councils and discuss the controversial subject.

In yesterday’s Morning Bulletin, Campbell Newman said if the Rocky region wanted amalgamation to be reviewed, ratepayers would have to “plead their case”.

PRDNationwide principal Lynelle Vale said she would like to see Mayor Brad Carter and Campbell Newman visit Yeppoon residents and individual businesses to hear their thoughts on amalgamation and how council could better support them.

“There are things council can help us with for tourism incentives, but it’s just not being done.”

Doug Delzoppo at Tidewater Cafe was a respondent to the phone poll and said he was asked a range of questions about the council, and said Brad Carter should listen to the results.

Cr Carter said he was open to listening to what residents had to say, and reinforced his comments that amalgamation was a thing of the past and council had been getting on with the job of making hard decisions about how to utilise the tired infrastructure left to them, particularly in the Livingstone area.



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