Prior to the election, I was actively debating the ‘coconut disastrous plan’ and evaluating a run for the office of Mayor. Developing a platform I contacted the Department of Local Government and asked if a council can engage in business activities to generate profit and reduce rates. The answer was YES. I was given example after example of successful councils engaged in profitable businesses throughout Queensland.
Yes one can ‘pay and pay’ for rates but I am a firm believer that partnering with businesses to create a marketable product the DSC could produce income to offset rates. As an example, the use of a beautiful natural product that the Shire is known for, prides itself in, and would increase tourism and notoriety is ‘Coconut Water’. The end product is ‘healthy’ and a multi billion dollar business worldwide. Instead of culling over 6000 coconut palms shire wide a