Rates, roads and rubbish: Ted Couch
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 Ted Couch's un-edited answers.
What do you think about the current state of the following council issues/services?
I believe that there needs to be a genuine review on how we can reduce this burden on the householder without
reducing or losing services.
I firmly believe that some of the major industries and corporations in our region need to step up and pay their fair share instead of using the legal alternative to reduce their obligations to the community as it will reduce the burden on smaller local businesses and households throughout the region.
These Companies by suing the council, means that they are suing all of us, the rate payers in the region, and basically leaving less in the council coffers for maintaining services.
In my neighbourhood the service seems to be okay at present but I do believe the outer lying areas of our region do have difficulties, and some smaller area's such as Rosedale do not even have a collection service.
I think that this does need to be addressed, and maybe if this was done through direct employment of local workers in the area instead of contracting the service out, these services can be achieved at an affordable price.
I think that Council has done a reasonable job here to date, but we must understand that there are some dual responsibilities here in regards to which roads are the Main Roads responsibility, and which are Councils.
Can you describe the role of a Councillor?
I believe that if elected my role as a Councillor is firstly to listen to you and your concerns, and address them to the best of my abilities.
As a Councillor, I will work collectively with the other Councillors, and the Mayor, respect their views, and strive to get the best outcomes for our region.