Most candidates for the forthcoming elections have been espousing the need for reduction of rates, but none has effectively mentioned how they will achieve this aim. One Uki group has even had the audacity to suggest giving a rebate to ratepayers of more than 10 years, which is a majority of ratepayers. The other Uki group, led by our current mayor, wants to create a super council from Tweed to Grafton; who do they think is going to pay for that?
Our group is more concerned with the looming financial crisis that is confidently being predicted by many eminent national and international economists and which will become our number-one priority on all political levels in Australia.
What steps are/or have been taken by council to meet this challenge? Our group considers this to be so important that all newly elected councillors should treat it with the utmost urgency and come up with a solid contingency plan.
We must remember all incoming elected councillors, as well as our new general manager, will have the responsibility to manage this immense problem over the next four years and beyond. It will affect every ratepayer in this shire.
All large capital expenditure must be put on hold until this plan is developed and approved. Items impacting on public health and/or safety would of course be exempt. Massive 90-million-dollar dams are simply not an economic consideration at this time.
The Tweed Shire Council is a business that has to be managed properly. Political parties and candidates promise anything and everything just to get into power; this must be avoided in local government elections for the overall benefit of our beautiful shire.
Kaye Sharples and John Zahn
Group A candidates