Ratepay­ers and vot­ers have their con­cerns heard

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Kathryn Cy­gan

RATEPAY­ERS are hav­ing their con­cerns heard as the Whit­sun­day Ratepay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (WRA) com­piles a shire pri­or­i­ties and ratepay­ers elec­tion wish list.

WRA sec­re­tary Tony Moscato said the as­so­ci­a­tion wel­comed more sug­ges­tions.

He said so far the list in­cluded hav­ing buses and heavy loads moved out of the Air­lie main street, more free park­ing in the CBD, use of lo­cal con­trac­tors to lower the cost of coun­cil ser­vices, and the upgrade of the Shute Har­bour boat ramp.

“We want the big buses to go via Water­son Way and by­pass the main street. We want to es­tab­lish a pedes­trian friendly zone on the Main Street and es­planade,” Mr Moscato said.

Also on the list is ban- ning the postal vote only, which Mr Moscato said led to cor­rup­tive pro­ce­dures.

An­other item is a pro­posed her­itage theme for Proser­pine, which would have build­ings on the main street re­stored to their orig­i­nal de­signs and the old steam train po­ten­tially re­stored.

Water­son Way has made it to the wish list, with its poor light­ing and road sur­face con­di­tions a cause for con­cern.

“At night you can’t see any­thing, and with the road sur­face be­ing so poor, it’s a safety is­sue. We need to put the onus back on Main Roads,” Mr Moscato said.

Mr Moscato urged all vot­ers and ratepay­ers to send in their is­sues.

“It as­sists coun­cil can­di­dates to ap­pre­ci­ate and ad­dress shire pri­or­i­ties and ratepay­ers are the ones pay­ing the coun­cil­lors wages,” he said.

It as­sists coun­cil can­di­dates to ap­pre­ci­ate and ad­dress shire pri­or­i­ties

WISH LIST: Tony Moscato checks the list of shire pri­or­i­ties and ratepayer wishes.

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