Council debt out of control
ROD Green wants to get back on the council so he can help to tackle its spiralling debt.
Mr Green, a partner in the family music business Green Brothers, yesterday announced he would be challenging councillor Greg Belz in Division 6.
A member of Rockhampton City Council for 12 years until 2008, Mr Green said the current administration had allowed debt to blow out to nearly $200 million, and he's been appalled at the waste.
"Instead of saving money through amalgamation, debt has grown more than 140% in the last four years and will continue to grow unless there is a change of direction," he said.
"This level of debt means that far too many of our rates dollars are being spent on interest payments and that means rate rises have been far bigger than they should have been. We need to act responsibly to bring the debt down. There are many issues to deal with, but our current debt level will hamstring progress until we have a very tight rein on things and progressively turn it around."
He said he had been horrified by the constant petty bickering between the councillors.
"It shows there is something seriously wrong. What a message it must send to potential investors in our region.
"Personally I get on with all the councillors, but I'd like to see some fresh faces and some fresh thinking in there. We can't afford to have another four years of this in-fighting and waste."
Mr Green said if he was elected he would be a full-time councillor and stand down from his role in the business.
And he's announced he would support Lea Taylor's bid to be mayor and stand on the same Regional Independents platform.
"I was on the council when Lea was mayor from 1994-97 and admire his ability to work with people from all walks of life - ratepayers, council staff, managers, big business and politicians at all levels," Mr Green said.
"The job ahead of the next council is making progress in a positive way whilst dealing with the constraints that are already set in place. Lea is the only person I can see who has the experience to begin to fix the problems of Rockhampton Regional Council," he said.