MAYOR HEADS TO CAP­I­TAL

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

NORTH Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil mayor Rachel Cham­bers is de­ter­mined to keep re­gional is­sues on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s agenda.

Cr Cham­bers was in Can­berra this week for the Na­tional Congress, a trip that al­lowed min­is­ters to dis­cuss is­sues af­fect­ing the re­gion and ways to over­come them.

She said it was a suc­cess­ful event that al­lowed her the chance to dis­cuss vi­tal is­sues.

“This year we met with Se­na­tor James McGrath and dis­cussed the vi­tal im­por­tance of wa­ter­proof­ing our re­gion. We will be re­turn­ing to see him and other fed­eral min­is­ters in the next few months with a plan to do just that,” Cr Cham­bers said.

Re­gional telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions was also on the agenda, some­thing Cr Cham­bers said is prov­ing to be a chal­lenge in the North Bur­nett.

“We met with Se­na­tor Fiona Nash to dis­cuss the in­ad­e­quacy of re­gional telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions for which we also have a few pos­si­ble ways for­ward and we met with Dar­ren Ch­ester in sup­port of my fel­low may­ors’ quest to up­grade the Bruce Hwy,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“It was col­lec­tively agreed the NBN roll out is un­sat­is­fac­tory for ru­ral, re­gional and re­mote ar­eas. It was also clear that black-spots are still a huge is­sue for some ar­eas, of course ours was in­cluded here.”

The Aus­tralian Ac­count­ing Stan­dards were asked to be re­viewed.

“We asked the as­sem­bly to re­view the Aus­tralian Ac­count­ing Stan­dards in re­gards to de­pre­ci­a­tion. De­pre­ci­a­tion is not a friend to lo­cal gov­ern­ments as it is for busi­ness en­ti­ties. De­pre­ci­a­tion ac­counts for 30% of our bud­get,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“We asked the as­sem­bly to un­der­take a re­view of NDIS fund­ing es­pe­cially in re­gards to the added ex­pense of travel for re­gional, ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas.

“We asked the as­sem­bly to give the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy the re­spon­si­bil­ity of cloud seed­ing and hail can­non reg­u­la­tion as it’s a mat­ter of cli­mate and not a lo­cal gov­ern­ment is­sue.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CAP­I­TAL CITY: North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil mayor, Rachel Cham­bers (front right), had a meet­ing with the may­ors in Can­berra.

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