SALT’S STAND

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES KITTO

DER­WENT Val­ley res­i­dents want change, strong lead­er­ship, and a coun­cil that makes de­ci­sions based on ratepay­ers’ needs, may­oral can­di­date Anne Salt says.

Elected to the Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil on a re­count in April when for­mer coun­cil­lor Damian Bester re­signed, Cr Salt is now eye­ing the top seat.

A New Nor­folk res­i­dent for 40 years, Cr Salt said she was well in­formed about what the com­mu­nity wanted from their coun­cil and be­lieved a coun­cil led un­der her guid­ance would help grow the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“If elected, I will con­tinue to work with coun­cil to find ways to im­prove how it en­gages with the com­mu­nity,” Cr Salt said.

“As mayor I will en­sure all coun­cil­lors un­der­take train­ing in good gov­er­nance so that de­ci­sions made are ac­count­able and trans­par­ent.”

Cr Salt, a for­mer tourism busi­ness op­er­a­tor and teacher, said as well as the im­por­tance of roads, rates, and rub­bish, the coun­cil needed to fo­cus on jobs and train­ing, and pro­vide more sup­port to the com­mu­nity’s youth, age­ing, and dis­abled res­i­dents.

“Our rates cover a wide range of com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, but at the mo­ment there has been much angst in the com­mu­nity about rates and tip fee in­creases,” she said.

“I feel that there should be more op­por­tu­ni­ties for the com­mu­nity to un­der­stand why rates and charges, and the over­all bud­get, is set as it is.”

A Friends of Wil­low Court mem­ber, Cr Salt said she hoped to see the precinct be­come a vi­brant hub for re­gional arts, while also act­ing as a work­ing space for es­tab­lished and emerg­ing artists.

“FoWC has be­gun dis­cus­sions with in­ter­ested par­ties around ini­tia­tives for Wil­low Court and a pro­posal will be be­fore coun­cil in the com­ing months,” Cr Salt said.

Cr Salt pro­posed Wil­low Court adopt a con­ser­va­tion man­age­ment plan at last month’s coun­cil meet­ing, and also moved that a 120-day mora­to­rium be placed on de­vel­op­ment at the precinct. Both mo­tions were voted down.

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