Deputy Mayor Lisa Malicky recently sent me through a letter from her daughter Natalie and her fellow Year 8 students at JPC who had come up with some suggestions for me on how to improve our city. To our Mayor, Firstly, we appreciate you for all your work in our city. We are writing to suggest a few things that we feel are serious for the success and livability of the city. Kalgoorlie-Boulder has many different opportunities to bring tourists from all over the world, but unfortunately the poor infrastructure and facilities means we are unable to bring lots of tourists. As a community, we lose money because of FIFO and all the money goes to other places like Bunbury, Busselton, Albany, Perth and Melbourne. It would be refreshing if we had water parks and even a lagoon here for people to cool down after 12 hour shifts or just relaxing. If it’s too far to drive to the beach then the beach should come to us. Kalgoorlie is livable but not for those with medical problems and it’s a disgrace to see how many people have to travel to Perth for operations and scans because we don’t have the technology or equipment, like an MRI. People can’t afford to continuously travel six hours just to seek medical help. Take a moment to think about how ridiculous this is. Now don't get me started on the wait in the Kalgoorlie hospital. For example, there have been people with broken bones who wait three hours just to get seen. I understand that there are a lot of patients, but there are a lot of doctors and nurses as well. This problem needs to be solved Mr Bowler. (TG) Kalgoorlie would be a more livable place if the public environments were kept cleaner. For example the toilets near Kmart are almost unusable. Residents need to take more responsibility so if a local or non-local person messes up the toilets on purpose they should be made to pay a hefty fine. (GJ) I love Kalgoorlie but the fact is that entertainment is getting old and depressing and it makes this town look weird. The families that like entertainment would like better facilities for the kids to play. We need this city to become vibrant and joyful. (RJ) The four-hour drive to the Esperance beach is a very long way to drive with a big family. Bringing a beach to Kalgoorlie will increase our population and give people a lot more to do in their free time. It is my plea Mr Bowler that you take a moment and reflect on the number of entertainment facilities. (NF) Kalgoorlie would be much more livable if we had better activities and shops like a shopping mall with plenty of shops, and theme parks. The amount of kids bored in Kalgoorlie is unbelievable. On weekends and holidays you always do the exact same thing. (SM) Young teenagers get into trouble because they don't have any useful facilities so instead they behave like wild children! Children from the age of 14-18 don't want to go to places with their family because they think it’s embarrassing. A way to fix this issue would be making facilities for all ages, but certain days are made for teenagers so that they can still have fun. (NM)
This is a great start to the community consultation we will embark upon this year to find out what direction the City should be going in and I thank the students for writing to me to share their ideas.