The CQ town with no doctor, fast internet or supermarket

WHILE its weekend rodeo brought visitors by the thousands, the small town of Nebo is struggling to stay afloat with basic services like medical care, groceries and internet access becoming hard to acquire.

Nebo Community Development Group treasurer Gary Coombs said several issues were raised with federal and local members over a year ago, but little to nothing had been done, in fact some services have become even more scarce.

"Our Nebo Medical Centre is our biggest problem," he said.

"The issue is trying to get funding for a doctor on a regular basis; at the moment we just have one that comes out once a month and we'll just be notified on the day.

"It's a very small window of opportunity, particularly for people that work or have prominent health issues that might need more regular visits.

"The only other option is to drive all the way into Mackay or Sarina, now with the damage to the Sarina Range both are really lengthy trips."

Mr Coombs said the Community Development Group meeting, taking place Monday night, hoped to address some of these issues, as well as the possibility of bringing a small grocery store to town and improved internet service.

"Telstra did an upgrade but it has done very little, especially for internet users on the outskirts of the town," Mr Coombs said.

"Something still needs to change. It makes it very hard for people to make a living out here, as a business owner I rely on the internet and phone service to keep us going."

"Telstra said they don't plan to do any improvements and NBN won't be coming out here, just wireless, but what we've got right now just isn't enough."

On top of ongoing issues with the available facilities and services, Mr Coombs said Cyclone Debbie also managed to make her mark by causing damage to the Sarina and Eton ranges, two vital links for the town.

"To get around people have to go down Eton Range, and roadworks on them at the moment is adding about 20 minutes on to your trip one way," he said.

"Wide loads can't use that range at all so mine workers now have to go to Bowen, Collinsville and back to Nebo just to get out to the Bowen Basin.

"It's just becoming an inconvenient place to go, people won't just come out here for a drive either because it's too hard to get here, a lot of businesses rely on those commuters."

Mr Coombs felt the only way for the town to turn things around was for residents to come together and start voicing their concerns.

"We're a small town, if we don't stick together and start speaking up nothing is going to happen," he said.

"We have a lot of issues we need to work though, but right now we don't have a voice, we need people to start turning up to our development group meetings and talking about the problems they're facing and what they want done.

"The more people we have on board the more the politicians that often come to the meetings will listen and start acting."

Member for Mirani Jim Pearce said while he wasn't able to attend Monday night's meeting, he was aware of the issues plaguing Nebo year after year.

"I do understand they've been looking for a more regular doctor for Nebo," Mr Pearce said.

"Unfortunately Queensland Health has come back to many of our enquiries and said they didn't believe the town's numbers would sustain a fair workload for a permanent doctor.

"That being said though, I certainly feel that they could have visits on a more regular basis, perhaps fortnightly would be acceptable, we are trying but it is a difficult task getting them out to rural areas."

Mr Pearce said other prominent issues such as the need for a supermarket in the town and better facilities, came down to population and demand.

He said more coal mines in the area would put Nebo in a better position for "bigger and better" services to survive.

"Nebo is a great little community but I think it's all about the demand for bigger and better services with any of these things, due to the smaller population it's difficult to support an argument to say such businesses would survive.

"To my understanding one thing that is putting the town in a better position to acquiring these things is the potential population increase from more coal mines in the area.

"I understand the mining companies are talking about housing people locally and that will lend itself to getting more people there and in turn more services and facilities."

The Community Development Group meeting will be held 5.45pm Monday night at the Nebo Memorial Hall.

Topics:  gary coombs internet medical care nbn nebo nebo community development group telstra

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Thousands of jobs at risk as Adani puts mine on hold

Adani Carmichael Mine.

The Palaszczuk did not make a decision on mine royalties this afternoon

BREAKING: CQ mine at a standstill as miners refuse to work

Workers on strike.

MINERS at a major Central Queensland mine are refusing to work.

CQU diploma debacle 'no fault of students or uni'

EDUCATION: Diploma of Nursing students are being helped by CQUniversity to complete their industry placements.

University has worked with affected students to continue studies

Local Partners

The 'pretty boy' miner wowing the world of fashion

FROM being called "pretty boy", to hiding his passion from his father to the point he was almost listed as a missing person, his career change hasn't been easy.

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Caitlyn comes home to launch debut album

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt will launch here debut album Songs On My Sleeve at an exclusive all-ages concert in Gympie on Friday, May 26.

Win tickets to Caitlyn's album launch

Everything coming to Netflix, Stan, Foxtel and Amazon Prime Video this June

AS ANOTHER month comes to an end, we get ready to have new content added to our streaming services. Here is everything coming this June.

Sam Armytage and Tom Cruise? Saaaaay what?

Apparently, the answer is no.

Musical tribute to flood volunteers released

Songwriter honours flood volunteers who helped their neighbours.

Lismore songwriter Simon Thomas was moved by strangers' kindness

Karl Stefanovic's rant about Schapelle Corby 'a bit rich'

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Maybe he just wanted to make himself the story.

Could Schapelle be heading for Gladstone?

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Bali Police at the parole office in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 27 May 2017.

Schapelle's mother teases her free daughter could be Gladstone bound

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

Mushu the pug

It's been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas

10 strange stories behind famous sex scenes

Khaleesi and Khal Drogo in a steamy moment.

Every set has their own way of filming sex scenes

New $46.7m counter-terrorism facility to be built in Wacol

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, pictured with Police Commisioner Ian Stewart, has announced plans to build a new counter-terrorism facility in Wacol.

The facility will be built over three years.

Home to a sex worker: Sordid history of iconic Coast shed

Milojevic Djordjevic's daughter Linda at the derelict shed on Yandina-Coolum Road.

The shed was once a liveable 'barrack'.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!