Rates, roads and rubbish: Alf Walker
The answers have been published in the paper over the past few weeks, but below are Alf Walker's un-edited answers.
What do you think about the current state of the following council issues/services;
If I lived in fairyland I would tell the ratepayers that I would push for an instant reduction in rates.
The fact that we live in the real world dictates otherwise.
A responsible Council in our current position can only deliver a rate cut to this region if and when we can cut current expenditure or raise funds to cover that expenditure from another source.
I am not in favour of excessive rate increases and if elected will not vote in favour of such.
I will call for an overhaul of all Council fees and charges and work for the efficient operation of all sectors within Council.
I feel that to lessen the burden of waste on our community each individual has to take a more responsible approach to the amount of waste generated.
We cannot forever go on building bigger and more expensive waste disposal facilities.
Waste is a fact of modern society and a problem worldwide.
I feel that education and responsible recycling methods can have a positive effect on the amount going into landfill and thus reduce the cost to ratepayers
Some of our Council maintained roads are well bellow acceptable standard, particularly in our rural areas where heavy transport is required for the transport of produce.
If elected I will call for a review of Council road maintenance schedules and upgrading schemes with a view to making our roads safer for all.
Can you describe the role of a councillor?
I believe that elected representatives are responsible to their electors, to see that they represent all within the Region equally and fairly.
They must listen to the community and do their utmost to supply needed services to acceptable standard.
They must look to promote all sectors of the Region in an efficient and effective manner in cooperation with Ratepayers, Local Business and other Government Departments