LEFT OUT: Yvonne Wright with some of the documents she has on file.
LEFT OUT: Yvonne Wright with some of the documents she has on file. Renee Pilcher

Cooloola Cover short changed on services

THE biggest town in Gympie region outside of Gympie city has no school, no library and a bus service that only visits the half of it that has adequate roads.

Cooloola Cove resident Yvonne Wright says the promised school over her back fence went to Tin Can Bay, where more influential people had invested back in the 1980s.

"We have 2513 people," she said.

"Cooloola Cove is the second largest town in the Gympie region."

But, she says, it lacks the services available at Tin Can Bay, with 2096 people and Rainbow Beach, with 1103 people.

Ms Wright has a council report on the 6ha site next door saying it was "previously held by council through a Deed of Agreement securing the future use of the land as a school site".

The school had also been promised to buyers by the area's original developer.

But it never happened.

Gympie Regional Mayor Ron Dyne says Cooloola Cove is so close to Tin Can Bay that its services are shared between the two, as are the services of Gympie CBD and places like Monkland.

Ms Wright does not accept that because of the kilometres involved in the journey, in an area with many older people who have mobility and transport problems.

"Cooloola Cove has a large concentration of people and doesn't get recognised," she said.

However, Mayor Dyne said the decision of where to open a school was not a local one.

"School locations are a State Government matter, not council," he said.

"Cooloola Cove doesn't have a library, but Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay do.

"The area did have a doctor. He left Tin Can Bay after much debate and now he's gone back because of the economics of the situation.

"That's a doctor's decision, trying to run a business.

"I would hate to say that Rainbow Beach should not have a library, because it is so far from the nearest other one.

"It would be very hard to say that Cooloola Cove should have a library when it is so close to Tin Can Bay."

Gympie Times


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