Time to get this site going again :)

As we head towards the end of the year it’s encouraging to look back on the year that was.

We didn’t want the Deamalgamation but we were determined to come through it stronger than ever before. And we’ve done that on every front. The budget is in a healthy surplus and we have the debt going down. Council has thrown itself into the task of boosting our economic health and focussing on growth. Our development applications and approvals have increased by an amazing 25%. That is from 400+ to 500+ for the same ten month period in 2013.

We have made good friends in the resources sector, built relationships with the airline sector, grown jobs in Gracemere and rolled out a suite of incentives and encouragements that have really made waves in the development industry in Queensland.

We have 1000 lots at Eden Brook being developed with 2 1/2 thousand lots at Ellida waiting for final approval and a further 2 1/2 thousand lots about to be planned at the University site. There are a further 1000 lots scattered throughout the rest of the region.

Empire has just opened on the riverbank. There are already over 500 apartments on the riverbank with a further 300 sought through other approvals or applications before council. (So the cranes won’t be leaving any time soon.)

And in the middle of all of the big picture thinking, the feedback we’ve had in the last month as we have met with you in myriad meetings is that you think we are doing okay at looking after the little things too!

It’s been a great year.

A Quick Update

The past few weeks have just flown. With the election having been delayed by a month we had to hit the ground running. Officers had already been working on a budget that I was just not comfortable with.  We have given new direction and a lot of reworking has been done..

I have also spent time mapping out a direction for the Gracemere Industrial Area. There are still a few things to set in place but I am confident that we can achieve what we need to in terms of opening up some great land to industrial development.. without having to ‘sell out’ on those who had made this area their home.

I have visited Terry Agnew of Tower Holdings.. and walked Great Keppel Island and am starting to come to a ‘landing’ in what I think should happen over there.. I am holding out for the EIS to really be sure..

Please visit my Facebook page for more up regular updates..

 

Thankyou

I don’t really have the words to say thankyou enough.  I look forward to serving you. 

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work and accomplishments of outgoing Mayor,  Brad Carter. He led at a difficult time but did not shirk from the task. He led with conviction and passion. I wish him well.

To the other candidates – thankyou for a solid campaign – thankyou for your courtesy and your clear concern for the Region. Many of the issues that you highlighted need to be addressed, and remain the task of the new Council.

I especially welcome and congratulate the Councillors who have shouldered the task of sharing in the good government of this region.

Thanks again

Margaret

My Commitments to you

For our community

  • I am committed to supporting developments and projects that make better places for families and individuals who live here

My track record in former Rockhampton Council- showgrounds redevelopment – new library

  • I am committed to actively engage with the mining industry to ensure that we have our pick of the many opportunities the resources boom is creating

Actively engaged the industry, visited the mines and communities, Qrex,

  • I am committed to promoting our regional community passionately

I strongly advocated for the entire region – partnered with neighbouring shires at every opportunity to develop programmes and projects

 

For our roads, water and sewerage

  • I am committed to transparent programmed replacement and to best practice in maintenance  – (sounds like gobbledegook but it is just common sense when it comes to looking after roads, water pipes and sewerage pipes).

I  shifted Council’s focus towards improving our infrastructure. Annual Sewerage and Water Capital expenditure 2000 were well below $1m and $2m respectively. I kept improving on this figure until the final budget that I prepared allowed for nearly $5 million for sewerage works and $7.5 million in Water.  There was a corresponding and dramatic reduction in water main and service breaks – by more than a 25% reduction.

 

For our finances

  • I am determined to discipline the budget process

I have lead a Council that has done it before..and with Councillor support.. we can do it again.

  • I am determined to ensure that debt is contained as much as possible and that new borrowing is for long term assets – not for day to day expenses

These figures need to be transparent in Council’s books.

  • I am committed to containing rates rises to the lowest possible figure

Based on data supplied by the Dept of Local Governement, Rockhampton City Council’s rates were lower than Livingstone, Fitzroy and a whole host of others.

 

For your Elected Council

  • I am committed to open discussion- within Council and with the community

Open door for Councillors, open meetings in the community and an active programme of visiting clubs and organisations to be available and to answer questions

  • I am committed to treat all Councillors with respect and to support their roles as your representatives

I am not running with a selected team.. I will work to build a strong working relationship with anyone that you elect

  • I am committed to strong but fair leadership of both the elected Council and the administration.