Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Jon Dillon; Phone: 0438 534 887email: Vote1@jondillon.Com.Au

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Jon Dillon; Phone: 0438 534 887email: Vote1@jondillon.Com.Au

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Rates

Our notices include rates and levies. I believe a thorough overhaul of the necessity and value of all current levies is essential. As a city centre trader, I have observed unnecessary and excessive expenditure by council. Savings are there to be made. No increase above the inflation rate is justified.

Divisions and wards

Andre CitroE1/2n said "there is nothing so simple, and works so well, that it cannot be made to work better by making it more complicated". Similarly, the purported benefits of divisions may be largely illusionary and have unintended consequences. I commit to representing anyone, anywhere in the region.

Transparency

On the subject of council transparency and accountability, wouldn't it be wonderful to have some? Voters will hold the present council to account on March 19. I'll work towards creating an open and honest council accountable to the ratepayers. I do know and understand the meaning of these words.

Roads

Roads is a primary responsibility of council. Overall, our roads are managed well considering the terrain substructures under many regional roads. I believe rural roads and road drainage require more scrutiny e.g. ongoing wet weather property access problems at Camilleris Rd near Marian.

Jobs creation

Small business enterprises are the engine room of employment in Australia. Council's role isn't to erect roadblocks, but to create a welcoming environment that facilitates and encourages such businesses. Council, as an employer, can create new initiatives in its own workforce and strictly adhere to a true buy local policy.

Development & planning

A very perceptive town planner told me Mackay had "turned its back on the river". Further riverside development must avoid this. Mackay was the first country council to get a town plan in Australia. A new council must give priority to having our planning scheme approved by the State Government. …

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