Cr David Batt talks to students about what services they would like to see in Bundaberg.
Cr David Batt talks to students about what services they would like to see in Bundaberg. Scottie Simmonds

Snake park goes into ideas pool

A SNAKE park was one of the more offbeat responses to Bundaberg Regional Council's request for students to specify what they wanted to see in the area by 2031.

The suggestion was offered by 14-year-old St Luke's Anglican School student Taylor Williams when students were asked for their suggestions.

She also said she would like to see better shops and more shopping centres.

The council has launched an online survey, asking residents to participate to help it plan the next 20 years in the region.

Governance portfolio spokesman David Batt addressed a group of students at an advanced music workshop in the city on Wednesday to encourage them to participate in the survey.

Cr Batt said the survey, which can be found at www.bundaberg.qld.gov.au, asked for ideas and suggestions on a variety of issues.

He said he felt some particularly interesting ideas would come from the questions surrounding environmental awareness and sustainability, climate change policy, youth facilities and services and further education.

“We know that many young people are passionate about these issues and others, and here is a prime opportunity to have their say and be heard,” he said.

After listening to Cr Batt, Lachlan McLeod, 12, said he would like to see a skate park in Avoca and better facilities for sports.

Matthew Eichmann, 10, said he wanted more indoor sports centres and cheaper farm and sporting equipment.

And yesterday, three St Luke's students gave the NewsMail their wish list.

Isabelle Parsons, 15, said she wanted more things for teenagers to do and bigger shops such as Myer or David Jones.

Maddison Davidson, 15, wanted more theme parks so there would be more to do.

She also felt Bundaberg should be expanded so it was a bigger city with more shopping.

Brittany Elliott, 15, was looking for career opportunities.

She said she would like to see more variety of education for people after they graduated from Year 12, such as more TAFE courses in the creative areas.

A council spokesman said about 1000 people had visited the survey website since it was launched last week, and about the same number had responded.



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