Gladstone gets more support

GLADSTONE needs to promote itself now more than ever.

That is the view of Kim Williams, senior project officer for Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited (GAPDL).

Ms Williams added her voice to concerns from the business community about damage being done to Gladstone's reputation by negative media coverage, particularly about the health of Gladstone Harbour.

There is a belief that negative publicity could be making it harder to attract skilled workers.

Ms Williams said: "The most critical and certainly one of the most damaging issues the Gladstone community will face is that of the community's ability to provide sufficient numbers of workers to fill existing and future roles across a wide range of small to medium enterprises.

"It is essential that we are able to present a positive image of the Gladstone region's liveability and lifestyle with the implementation of strategies that provide employees with additional lifestyle incentives."