Tim Nicholls.
Tim Nicholls.

10,000 from Wide Bay visit virtual Town Hall

TUESDAY night's Strong Choices Virtual Town Hall saw 10,000 people from Gympie and the Wide Bay take part in the conversation on Queensland's economic future.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls said it highlighted how many people were concerned about the accumulated debt of the past 10 years.

"Virtual Town Halls are a great way for Queenslanders to get involved in the discussion on the Strong Choices the Government faces to pay down debt and fund the roads, rail, hospitals and schools a growing state needs," Mr Nicholls said.

"The almost 10,000 participants in (Tuesday) night's Wide Bay region virtual town hall including people from Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Gympie and Maryborough, were an enthusiastic group and voiced a wide range of ideas and concerns on how we should tackle the $80 billion accumulated debt and $4 billion annual interest bill.

"The Government faces three choices to tackle this unprecedented problem - significantly increased taxes, reduced services or the sale or lease of some assets - and last night's teleconference was a great way to discuss those choices with even more Queenslanders."

People who had registered to take part in the virtual town hall, as well as phone numbers selected at random were phoned across the regions last night, with people advised via radio and print advertising to expect a call in their region or city.

Mr Nicholls will hold a community meeting in North Lakes tonight, and registrations for Townsville, Cairns, Logan and Charleville Strong Choices community forums are also still open.

To register, visit http://www.treasury.qld.gov.au/communityforums.

All Queenslanders can also make their voice heard by using the interactive People's Budget website tool at http://www.StrongChoices.qld.gov.auor visit a local shopping centre information booth to use the People's Budget tool and make a submission.

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