Rates, roads and rubbish: Alex Staines
WE asked each candidates their views on the key roles of a council.
The answers have been published in the paper over the past few weeks, but below are Alex Staines' un-edited answers.
What do you think about the current state of the following council issues/services;
It's the role of any community's operational body to provide services to their residents and community groups. These services will always come at a cost which is funded through a variety of revenue streams which includes rates.
The GRC must ensure revenues are being spent efficiently and effectively across all areas and rate payers always receive "Bang For Their Buck".
Rubbish and refuse collection needs to be constantly monitored and addressed as the needs of our community
change and develop over time.
A recent change has occurred at the 1770 boat ramp with the removal of the council maintained skip bin.
This issue has been the tropic of much discussion within the AWSS area with the removal of a large bin and replacement with one much smaller in size.
On the surface, the rotation of this particular rubbish receptacle appears to have exacerbated the issue which requires the council's attention to successfully rectify before having any further negative impacts.
What do you think about the current state of the council's role/ performance regarding roads?
The GRC needs to continuously work closely with State Government to ensure the roads within our region meet the needs of our community.
This can be challenging when areas within the GRC boundaries overlap across multiple State Government provinces (most notably a large portion of the AWSS roadways falls into the Burnett area, not Gladstone).
I believe our new council will have the ability to work in close consultation with the relevant State Government representatives.
Can you describe the role of a councillor?
The role of councillor is about LISTENING and ENGAGING with the community they represent.
It's about understanding what challenges our community face on a daily basis and where we need to be allocating our resources to ensure our community is getting the best "Bang For Their Buck".
We must always "Seek First To Understand".
A councillor must be engaged with their community to help have their voice heard and be informed to make decisions that are in the best interests of the broader community.