KEEP RATES DOWN

In the two years since de-amalgamation, the Noosa Council has restored the responsible management of rates, assets and capital works budgets. Since the rate hikes under the previous Sunshine Coast Regional Council, rates have returned to a sustainable level and allowed the budgeting of a major capital works project in the Dr Pages Road upgrade.

To avoid financial burden on ratepayers, major infrastructure projects that can deliver long-term economic benefits (such as community-owned solar farms) could be funded by public-private partnerships with ethical superannuation funds or other entities.

Noosa must be maintained as a sustainable liveable community and Noosa Council has undertaken a series of measures to achieve this improved transport infrastructure, better public transport and with a new plan to deal with organic waste management.

I would deliver consistent decision-making in line with the Noosa Plan to act as a deterrent against developers making inappropriate proposals which can end up in court. Previous Noosa Councils have been forced to cover legal fees to defend against inappropriate development, costing ratepayers millions of dollars.

As a councillor I would be committed to keeping rates fair and sustainable for residents on low or fixed incomes.