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