Putting a bright face on the city
BUNDABERG man Scott Clark is on a mission to improve his home town by calling on fellow residents to have their say on how to give Bundy a brighter future.
Mr Clark recently started a Facebook page, Building a Brighter Bundaberg, which he is using as a forum to give and ask for suggestions on ways to improve the city.
"We've got to prepare for the future now," he said.
"Bundaberg is in danger of becoming overlooked as a tourist hot spot."
Mr Clark, who was born and raised in the Rum City, has already put in several suggestions of his own including the construction of an aquarium at Bargara.
"Build an aquarium showcasing some our local reef inhabitants," Mr Clark wrote on the page.
"Build a large sea turtle out the front which could be known as The Big Turtle. It could be an interactive aquarium with touch tanks, cafe and gift shop - a real tourist attraction."
Mr Clark said he had travelled to many places and that, if Bundaberg wanted to thrive, it would need to give people a reason to come here.
"The page is really to show the council what the people of Bundaberg want," he said.
"We don't want turtle roundabouts, we want real attractions, real facilities and real amenities."
Mr Clark said once more people had joined and posted ideas, he would direct the site to the attention of the council.
Bundaberg Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said the council welcomed such submissions.
"We're always looking for new ideas," she said.
"It's always interesting to see what people have to say."
Cr Pyefinch said, as was usually the case, the matter of how the proposed projects would be funded was one of the main questions.
"We have to demonstrate that these projects are sustainable and will not be a drain on ratepayers. If they're good ideas, there could also be groups or entrepreneurs who go ahead with them."