JIM NILON

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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?

There is a dis­con­nect be­tween our com­mu­nity and the amal­ga­mated Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil. Peo­ple feel amal­ga­ma­tion has cen­tralised ser­vices, re­sources and for­ward think­ing. I have a plan to en­gage the many com­mu­ni­ties across an area of more than 2000sq km that com­prise Divi­sion Two. A coun­cil­lor en­gag­ing with com­mu­nity mem­bers through rou­tine and reg­u­lar of­fice days in Childers and mo­bile of­fices in all com­mu­ni­ties across Divi­sion Two can iden­tify and ad­dress is­sues that di­rectly af­fect res­i­dents.

2. One con­sis­tent com­plaint from res­i­dents is that rates are too high. Do you agree that rates are too high?

Rates have in­creased markedly across the state since amal­ga­ma­tion. Rates should not in­crease be­yond CPI. I think the prob­lem stems from elected coun­cil­lors let­ting go of the bu­reau­cratic tiller.

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