Rates, roads and rubbish: Natalia Muszkat
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 Natalia Muszkat's un-edited answers.
What do you think about the current state of the following council issues/services?
Road and infrastructure maintenance is one of the biggest cost to ratepayers. It is important that Council is able to effectively manage this expense.
We need to not only look at dollar figures but also at the quality of new infrastructure and durability of repairs to
I believe in medium to long term planning with a strong emphasis in future sustainability and the environment.
Can you describe the role of a councillor?
As well as with roads, all other expenditure has to be closely monitored by councilors and the Mayor.
In addition to the strategic and financial management of the organisation, the role of a councillor is to ensure fair an equal representation across the Region.
Councillors should remain connected to communities, listening to all resident's concerns and ideas and working in a positive way to influence the culture of the Council to become an enabler, rather than a hurdle.
Councillors should be the drivers of change, advocate for the Regions needs and communicate respectfully with all residents and other organisations and businesses.
Note: Ms Muszkat did not submit answer to two of the questions.