Rates, roads and rubbish: Amanda McRae

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 Amanda McRae's un-edited answers. 

What do you think about the current state of the following council issues/services? 

Rates 

After spending time to learn and understand the rate's process from the Council's perspective, reading budgets, attended a meeting with the GRC, CFO to ask questions, I'd propose a review for rates to make them more affordable for people. 

The proposal including; looking at where costs & excess spending can be reduced, increase productivity & efficiency and make tough decisions.  

It's important to maintain a balance and reflection between what people can afford, the current economy and to what services are and can be provided by Council.  

Advocate for more support for funding assistance, jobs and innovation as this has a contribution to reducing local

Amanda McRae.Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
Amanda McRae.Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

debt.  

Rubbish

As mentioned to me there has been interest for the kerbside collection service for the bigger household items annually.  

Propose a review to look into this and provide assistance to the community in current economy.  

Another concern mentioned has been the bins at Agnes/1770.  I would propose a review to look at bigger bins and increase collection during busier holiday times.  

Overall the Gladstone Region is a very clean and beautiful place.   Propose to bring back the tidy towns initiative and work together as a community to achieve this goal.   

Can you describe the role of a councillor?  

The role of a councillor is;

I am passionate about this role as a Councillor in Local Government because of it's core values and what it stands for.

Councillor role is to represent the people in the communities of the Gladstone Region.

Make decisions base on factual information provided and presented before Council during

Council meetings.

Advocate, facilitate, assist and support the community when needed on various issues.

To listen, connect through more community consultation and effective communication.



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