- Friday 28 February 2014
It is pleasing to see public satisfaction with the way local government goes about its business is on the increase.
The latest survey by Local Government Association of Queensland found the level of satisfaction was the highest in six years.
Council is working hard to provide great service on those grassroots issues – roads, rates and rubbish – while creating the right conditions for jobs, a healthy environment and a great lifestyle.
But it is always a balancing act.
I feel there is often an expectation councils have a greater capacity to fund infrastructure upgrades than our finances allow.
Council also receives many requests to fix state-controlled roads or to provide more public transport which are both state issues.
Personally, I rate retention of the Sunshine Coast lifestyle as one of the most important issues for ratepayers, and balancing that with growth so we can continue to live in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, thanks to a strong economy.
As a council, we do the best job we can and seek community feedback to make sure we keep doing that job well.
Rates were due last Friday (February 21) and I encourage anyone who has not paid them due to financial difficulties, to contact council’s customer service centre and to pay your rates in instalments. Phone (07) 5475 7542 for more information.
A quick reminder council now offers free pre-lodgement meetings designed to assist applicants through the development application lodgement process. This service has already been well utilised with more than 200 pre-lodgement meetings held free of charge in the past year.
This column first appeared in Kawana Weekly on February 27, 2014.