Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Deirdre Comerford; Phone: 0467595464email: Info@comerford2016.Com.Au

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Deirdre Comerford; Phone: 0467595464email: Info@comerford2016.Com.Au

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Rates

Residents want value for money for the rates they pay. They hate council wasting money on things they do not see as important or necessary. The challenge is we all value things differently and council needs to take into consideration all views and any legislative requirements they must abide by.

Divisions and wards

Council area is 7622km2 with the majority of residents urban living. Having divisions means poor representation for rural areas as they have insufficient numbers to have their own divisions. Divisions encourage councillors to only focus on their division for re-election which is at the detriment of the whole council area.

Transparency

Every council meeting is open to the public and has a section for Public Participation where any member of the public can ask a question. Council's website has audited financial statements; monthly department reports, etc. Council does its best to explain the 'why' to any decision.

Roads

A good road network drives economic activity and improves connectivity for residents. It is imperative council spends appropriate dollars on maintaining the road network.

Establishing new industries will deliver new jobs. Council uses its Facilitating Development Policy to encourage projects to come to our region. Tourism is also a key to job creation.

Under my leadership council has worked hard to improve the relationship between developers and council to deliver outcomes for our community. The president of Urban Developers Institute of Australia said at a mayoral debate that council now has a respectful working relationship with UDIA. If someone says reset, reset what?

Water quality

All potable water supply provided by council meets the health requirements for consumption and undergoes daily testing. However, I accept that some rural locations on bore water supply can have a hardness of water or a discolouration which, whilst not appealing to look at, nonetheless is safe. …

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