Rates, roads and rubbish; Peter Powell

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 Peter Powell's un-edited answers.

Peter Powell
Peter Powell

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

Rates

The costs of council Rates are a sore point with the ratepayer.

We all find it hard to except we have to put our hand in our pockets to pay them.

As a rate payer myself l have push the opinion with council that in the next ten to twenty years if Council rates just continue to rise based only on the CPI index will the ratepayers of the future be able to afford to pay them?

If you reduce rates prepare to do without.

It's a cost burden on us to pay for council to service us, the community.

I would like to see if council can seek and develop attentive revenue income streams over the next ten years to reduce its dependence for revenue from the ratepayer.

There is a need to talk to State and Federal Governments.

Rubbish

Rubbish & disposal, huge job in any region which our council are champions at it.

Council's biggest challenges are with people, illegal dumping, poor use in the use of recycling bins with the household rubbish and the tossers who just throw their rubbish out their car windows and expect others to clean it up. Us as residents need to do better.

Roads

Maintenance of our region roads is a huge job huge task then throw in the mix of whom responsible to maintain them Federal, State or local Government.

You know over the past twenty plus years larger heavier vehicles use these roads and our old roads can't handle these vehicles so you can't keep patching them you have to rebuild them.

Council's performances to repair their road networks are always ongoing and then throw in a weather event, how can you keep up. Planning, costing, project funding and prioritising which roads need to be done first.

Taking too long? Talking to State government to prioritise rural roads, maybe Council should push more to achieve better outcome for rural communities as they end up being State Governments eyes.

Can you describe the role of a councillor?

Taking part in council meetings to make decisions for the common good, now and for the future, for the whole Gladstone Region. To provide leadership to the council and the community.

To be responsible to the community for the performance of the council.

To be part of shaping the future of the Gladstone Region communities by adopting and implementing the planning scheme set out for how land in the Gladstone Region can be used and in line with the standards the council will require developers to comply with.



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