SCOTT McDonell is determined to lower rates, stimulate opportunities for businesses in the region and attract new investors to the area.
Mr McDonell said it was vital the council “gets serious” about lowering rates, which were stifling growth in business and inhibiting businesses from being competitive.
He said council overheads were too high and the progression of infrastructure in the region was not sustainable.
“We were promised rates relief. This was the key request of the CHRC electors at the last election and that has not been delivered,” he said.