Rates, roads and rubbish: Matt Burnett
WE asked each candidate 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 Matt Burnett's un-edited answers.
What do you think about the current state of the following council issues/services;
As Mayor my priority will be to ease costs for ratepayers by reducing operating and capital expenditure.
This is the first point in my five point mandate.
Last year I called for a rating review to look at all options, including a multiple banding system with a reduced rate cap and a reverse rate cap.
I support an annual bulk items clean up, especially prior to cyclone season whether that be a free tip weekend or kerb side collection especially for people without a ute or trailer and I believe all boat ramps should have bins.
I believe our Engineering Services Department and road crews are working towards building a better road network.
My personal opinion is Council's road crews should perform flood restoration work on behalf of the State and Federal Government.
I see an unnecessary waste of money when Council is forced to use contractors and in some cases, especially with out of town contractors, the work is of a lesser standard and overpriced.
I have seen first-hand where our own road crews could have done a far better job not only because they know the area but because they live in the community as well.
Can you describe the role of a councillor?
I believe the most important role of a Councillor is to always have the best interest of the community at heart when making decisions.
You need to listen to what the community wants and needs and balance that with what is affordable in the budget.
I believe Councillors must closely scrutinise the budget items line by line and ensure the ratepayer's money is wisely spent resulting in the best outcome for the whole region.