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.