Roads top list, Radel thinks long term

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

What are you most proud of achiev­ing over the past year?

Even though there are still a lot of roads that need at­ten­tion, I am very proud of the im­prove­ments made to a num­ber of the worst roads in the NBRC re­gion. If we can con­tinue to make im­prove­ments across the re­gion like we have seen on these roads, ratepay­ers will all see the ben­e­fits for the long term.

How do you feel the past 12 months have gone?

The last 12 months has been chal­leng­ing. Firstly to get my head around the full ex­tent of the role, then fac­ing the facts that there will al­ways be more prob­lems than any coun­cil­lor has time to rec­tify. I feel the past 12 months could have been more pro­duc­tive had we had bet­ter and more fre­quent rep­re­sen­ta­tion at a state gov­ern­ment level.

What were your big­gest chal­lenges faced dur­ing your first year in coun­cil? Both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally?

The big­gest chal­lenge I per­son­ally felt was in the tim­ing of the elec­tion it­self. I do not be­lieve that it is a good idea for lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions to be held in the lead up to bud­get dis­cus­sions. I feel that per­haps Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber would be a more in­tel­li­gent time to have elec­tions to al­low an al­most full year of set bud­get. What are your pri­or­i­ties for the next three years?

I think the fo­cus for the next three years needs to be around try­ing to keep rate rises low, whilst main­tain­ing our fo­cus on im­prov­ing roads and in­fra­struc­ture lo­cally.

What have been the big­gest sur­prises of the past 12 months?

For me the big­gest sur­prise has been how well all the coun­cil­lors bonded and worked to­wards a com­mon goal across the whole North Bur­nett.

Coun­cil­lor Rob­bie Radel.

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