Ratepayers form election wish list
THE Whitsunday Ratepayers Association is calling on the community to assist in the compilation of a list of shire priorities and ratepayers’ wishes for the upcoming election in March.
All members and voters’ contributions to the list are welcome, with hot topics such as banning the postal only vote, more free parking options for Airlie Beach, and pedestrian access in the region regularly cropping up.
WRA secretary Tony Moscato said once a list was compiled it would be sent to each of the council election candidates, who would then provide feedback.
“Basically they will put ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and provide comments on every item in the list,” he said.
Mr Moscato said the WRA would then calculate a percentage of compatibility for each candidate based on their responses.
“Voters have been made aware of the non-transparent bullishness of the previous council administration, as there has been a much more transparent and consultative approach under the current administration that has seen improvements in procedures and accountability,” he said.
“We would also like to invite members who can assist in getting ratepayers’ wider concerns out into the community to assist the management committee in the lead up to this important election for the benefit of the wider community.”
Mr Moscato said the WRA was the largest community group in the Whitsundays and had a mandate to address any unfair and inequitable diffe- rential rating system, which allowed Council to levy more and charge higher taxes without proportional services and facilities.
“We won’t ignore matters, and the community is always our priority,” he said.
“We try to be as transparent as possible (and) all of our information will be published.”
If you have any items you would like to see added to the list or if you would like to join the election campaign committee, email email@example.com.
RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION: Doug Haack, Bernd Wendlandt, Ross Plowman, Margaret Shaw, John Hill, Peter Jennings, Dan Van Blarcom, and Dr David Gillman at the latest WRA committee meeting.