COUNCIL is a big business and its elected representatives have the responsibility to not only oversee the business of their division but work together as a whole for the region. There are opportunities within Division 1 for example that have the potential to increase council’s revenue stream but have been neglected.
We all recognise the Lagoon is a big drawcard however there is danger that the area may need to be closed down to carry out much-needed maintenance. The incumbent councillor is not aware of when the last maintenance was carried out nor when the next is scheduled. This is not how business is carried out. The sand along the shore of Shingley Beach was recently replenished after repeated requests from local business operators. The related costs for the supply were driven up because of the urgency. Again, it’s the ratepayers that suffer for this.
There are other sources of revenue that can go directly back towards the infrastructure in this area. Solar panels located on the roof area of the current change rooms/toilet block could provide coin-operated hot showers; pay to use lockers provide security for visitors’ belongings and another source of revenue.
As for our beautiful Boathaven Beach at the Port of Airlie, why is their confusion over who is responsible for the upkeep of this area? There is the potential for development on the land at Waterson Way but the current development application needs to be removed. It is effectively stopping any further interest and development on this land and that means local jobs. And so, to my question. “What will happen if I don’t get elected to council?”
The answer is nothing.