1. Name three issues, specific to your division, that you will aim to fix during your term if elected and how
you will do so? The two issues I believe are paramount: Firstly, growth of our local economies and supporting local jobs. We need to promote our region and its advantages. Secondly, encouraging new business and enterprise to establish in our region and promote tourism in our area, which is rich with opportunities for visitors. Our location offers ease of access to other regional areas and city locations. We have the room to welcome and support large industry expansion and we have job seekers keen to work in these businesses. Small businesses add the colour and vibrancy to our communities.
2. One consistent complaint from residents is that rates are too high. Do you agree that rates are too high?
Rates are a contentious issue. I believe residents would be happier to pay their rates if they saw them being used in more “value for money” manner.