Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Lance Hacker; Phone: 0427 155 275

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Lance Hacker; Phone: 0427 155 275

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Rates

MRC rates notice payments have fallen behind almost $2.7million. People can't afford their rates. YSM will reverse the actual 5.16% rate increase not recalculated for lower property valuations. We will abolish the unfair rent levy/landlords tax.

Divisions and wards

Members of the YSM Group have varied opinions on divisions. What we all agree on is that prior to the AEC review of divisions in 2019 the Mackay Regional Council should determine, through consultation or vote, the preferred option of people living in this region and support the majorities preference.

Council transparency and accountability

Sections of our communities have been affected by a lack of consultation, selling of public assets, fluoridation, divisions, new library. YSM will investigate why there is a real/perceived lack of consultation and implement processes that ensure the community feels like it is being considered.

Roads

Quality roads are needed to support the region's economic growth. Interconnecting rural industry and farming networks must be maintained. Regional areas deserve equality and dirt road grading is a priority for rural families. YSM will lobby for a greater share in State and Federal funding.

Jobs creation

YSM will deliver strong economic and fiscal management, reduce Local Government costs on business and reduce red tape to support business. YSM will promote the region's investment potential to southern markets, hold a jobs summit, create a new Regional Economic and Development Corp.

Development and planning

YSM believes there are opportunities to support mining, manufacturing, transport, logistics, agribusiness and construction development in our region. YSM wants to ensure that we are always looking to improve our co-operation and communication with stakeholders and governments. …

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