Roads top list, Radel thinks long term
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.