Give a little to back lifeblood of our town's future

PEOPLE have asked why they should bother giving a small, affordable amount of money to Gladstone's steel plant rescue fund.

Without the project, the question hangs in the air of what will happen to Gladstone with construction nearing an end on Curtis Island, the WICET project, and staple industries such as the power plant and the smelter tightening their belts and their staff numbers.

And yet, every day we see people give money away to individuals.

Families who struggle through health problems and tragic circumstances of death or disease, and that giving makes you feel good as a person.

But what about something that could give lifeblood to the town?

A small investment that helps go towards a project that will see 1800 permanent jobs in operations, maybe 5000 jobs in construction, our empty houses and apartments full up again, people needed in shops because business is booming?

And yet, donations to the rescue fund are also being called investments, because those who give have the opportunity for their donations to become shares that might actually make them some money back in the longer term.

There are many people out there saying why bother, but sometimes when people have a little faith and work together, communities can see real change that benefits everyone in many different ways.

From the start, the rescue group has spoken honestly, they have produced as much information as they can for the community to have a full understanding of the rescue process and without jeopardising it to sly businesses, who just want to come in and break the project up so it's never seen.

I couldn't agree more fully with rescue co-ordinator Paul Sundstrom, who has said to me, "if it doesn't happen, at least I know I gave it everything I could and as just one individual, that makes me proud".

So readers, that's why I've been giving it everything I can, because I love living in Gladstone and I want to see it prosper and grow.