Town meeting to call for doctor
THE Allora doctor headache will be at the forefront of the Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) economic development strategy community meeting to be held in the town tonight.
The Allora Task Force (ATF) will spearhead the meeting to ensure the town’s doctor crisis remains at the forefront of the night’s discussion.
Allora pharmacist and ATF chairman Jon Constable said securing a doctor would ensure the economic development, viability and longevity of the town.
“The biggest impediment to the economic development is the lack of a doctor,” Mr Constable said.
“A doctor will bring people to the town as patients and to shop.
“A large population of Allora is comprised of the elderly and if they can’t access these facilities they’ll leave and these people are the lifeblood of the town.”
SDRC economic development officer John Randall agreed with Mr Constable’s concerns and said the meeting would continue to gather and gauge community feedback on the future framework for the development in the region.
“Forty per cent of the Allora population is older than 55, that’s the demographic of the town,” Mr Randall said.
“This meeting will allow the community to voice their ideas, concerns and visions and then convert them into a workable action plan. The ATF has been working hard on the doctor issue and (has) been engaging across the whole Allora community.
“This makes them an ideal choice for hosting the next public economic development strategy meeting.”
The previous Allora meeting concerning the doctor issue morphed into a heated debate with hundreds of residents jostling for a seat or listening through the community hall’s windows, something AFT member David Dwan hopes will happen again, albeit more calmly.
“We hope to get a large crowd but this one will stay on track,” Mr Dwan said.
Have your say
SDRC Economic Development Strategy community meeting
Allora Community Hall
Tonight from 6.30pm
Contact John Randall on 4661 7332 for more information