Maintenance of regional roads ranked a top priority by Allora residents.
Maintenance of regional roads ranked a top priority by Allora residents. Erin Smith

Allora residents speak out

THE people of Allora have spoken, or filled out a survey, revealing what they really want from the Southern Downs Regional Council.

And it is not more signage, a fancy streetscape or parks.

Instead the majority of those who filled out the survey ranked maintenance of regional roads and water quality as the top priority.

The survey was distributed through the Best Little Town on the Downs by the Allora District Development Board.

Board member Kelvin Hutchinson said the aim of the survey was to assess the needs of the community and make them known to the council.

Mr Hutchinson said they compiled a similar survey two years ago.

"We thought it was timely to do another one," he said.

The survey was completed by 81 people.

A total of 69% ranked road maintenance as the most important service offered by the council. Water quality came in second with 53.7%.

The council contracted a landscaper to redesign the Allora streetscape and last year voted to adapt one of the concept plans for further drafting.

However the survey found Allora residents did not think the remodel to be of high importance with 35.1% saying it was lowest importance and only 32.4% ranking it as the most important issue.

Mr Hutchinson said the town would prefer their water issues to be sorted out before the new streetscape went ahead.

"It is fifty, fifty," he said.

"Some members of the community think it is not essential and others want to keep it authentic."

Mr Hutchinson said the board planned to conduct another round of surveys in another two years.

"The plan is to interact with the council often," he said. "We meet with them every three months.

"The community will benefit if we focus on offering the council what the community wants."

The Southern Downs Regional councillors will go over the survey results and discuss them during the general council meeting today.

Officers have recommended the council use it for future budget considerations.



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