Rates, roads and rubbish: Chris Trevor
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 Chris Trevor's un-edited answers.
What do you think about the current state of the following council issues/services?
Rates are sky high but so is Council debt. If you want to reduce rates you need an alternate revenue source to the general rate base (for example, State and Federal Government project funding).
Alternatively you need to reduce expenditure. Simple as that.
As State and Federal Government funding over the past Council term has been limited, with such limitations likely
to continue, you must look to reducing expenditure.
You do that line by line but with a degree of smarts so you don't further trash the local economy and jobs in the process.
I agree strongly with the view that the Gladstone Area Water Board dividends should be returned immediately to us in order to afford relief to rate payers.
There is always room for improvement in anything we do but apart from some cost anomalies generally we do reasonably good (with rubbish) in my opinion.
The Agnes Water/1770 bins at the Marina are a hot button issue. I believe we can successfully mediate a return of the bins.
There are Council Roads, Queensland Main Roads and Federal Government Roads not to confuse the three.
Local Government has held up its side of the bargain pretty good I believe given all three tiers of Government's budgetary constraints. As a Council we need to advocate for State and Federal Government funding to flood-proof the Agnes Water/1770 area and the Boyne Valley.
We also need to advocate for the Port Access Road Stage 2 funding which will eventually support hundreds of local construction jobs as well as a second bridge to Tannum Sands.
Can you describe the role of a councillor?
My previous experience as a Gladstone City Councillor teaches you to:
- Never promise what you can't deliver;
- Treat the position as a Board position with your primary duty owed to your shareholders namely the rate payers and residents of the Region.
- Do not act as a lone wolf.
- Remember that bureaucracy is not always right.
- Run the place like a business.
- Be liberal with your praise towards all levels of Government but never ever let them take advantage of the people you represent.
- Leave your politics at the front door of the Chamber.