Ratepay­ers form elec­tion wish list

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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 ratepay­er­sas­so­ci­a­tion@gmail.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.

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