FINANCIAL STRESS: Rocky’s voters are hurting in the hip pocket and their number one priority is keeping council rates low.
FINANCIAL STRESS: Rocky’s voters are hurting in the hip pocket and their number one priority is keeping council rates low.

Poll results reveal Rocky voter’s election priorities

WITH so many issues around the Rockhampton region to consider leading up to the Local Government Election, the results coming in from The Morning Bulletin's comprehensive readers' poll has helped narrow down the list of the community's priorities.

Leading the (non-scientific) poll results was the need for Rockhampton Regional Council to go easy on residents' hip pockets by keeping rate rises at or below CPI, gathering 15 per of the vote.

While reducing crime falls largely within the State Government's realm of responsibility, there are plenty of people (11 per cent) who would like to see the local government playing a more active role in this process including developing an effective youth engagement strategy to combat juvenile crime (four per cent).

A 'heatmap' represents the intensity of drug crime across all Rockhampton
A 'heatmap' represents the intensity of drug crime across all Rockhampton

Helping businesses prosper was another key priority with nine per cent of voters wanting to see RRC attracting new businesses to the area while also supporting local businesses to grow, create and protect jobs (six per cent) and doing more to revive Rocky's ailing CBD (two per cent).

Promising to flood proof South Rockhampton residents and businesses while keeping the Bruce Highway open, the RRC driven South Rockhampton Flood Levee Project has been plagued by cost blow outs (currently estimated to cost $189 million) and has divided community opinion.

LEVEE MAP: This is the latest map depicting the features and alignment of the South Rockhampton Flood Levee.
LEVEE MAP: This is the latest map depicting the features and alignment of the South Rockhampton Flood Levee.

The poll found that nine per cent of voters would rather see the levee project stopped compared to the two per cent who would like to see it delivered as planned.

Another big issue was the debate over extending Rockhampton's boundaries to take in fringe Livingstone suburbs of Glenlee, Rockyview and Glendale with nine per cent of voters in favour of the idea.

A perennial priority was the need to improve the region's roads, intersections and footpaths (five per cent).

The community was also supportive of delivering new infrastructure projects and facilities (four per cent) including raising the barrage to increase water security (four per cent), upgrading Rockhampton Airport to international flights (three per cent) and supporting the construction of a major sports stadium (three per cent).

Many readers are supportive of RRC’s plan to raise the Fitzroy River barrage to boost the region’s water security.
Many readers are supportive of RRC’s plan to raise the Fitzroy River barrage to boost the region’s water security.

The Morning Bulletin's readers will have the opportunity over the next week to read how RRC's mayoral and councillor candidates respond to questions relating to these key issues.

 

Top five issues

• Keeping rate rises at or below CPI (15 per cent)

• Doing more to reduce crime (11 per cent)

• Attracting new business/industry to the area (9 per cent)

• Extending Rockhampton's boundaries to take in fringe Livingstone suburbs of Glenlee, Rockyview and Glendale (9 per cent)

• Stopping the South Rockhampton flood levee (9 per cent)

Where to vote for pre-polling:

• Gracemere Community Centre, 6‐9 Barry Street, Gracemere

• James Lawrence Pavilion, Rockhampton Showgrounds, New

Exhibition Rd, Wandal

• The Green Shed, 36 Thompson Avenue, Mount Morgan

• Yeppoon Town Hall, 25 Normanby St, Yeppoon

 

2020 COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Rockhampton candidates:

Mayor: Margaret Strelow and Chris Hooper

Councillors

• Division 1: Shane Latcham, Vince Robertson and Sherrie Ashton

• Division 2: Neil Fisher and Gavin Shuker

• Division 3: Tony Williams

• Division 4: Ellen Smith

• Division 5: Cherie Rutherford and Peter Anderson

• Division 6: Drew Wickerson

• Division 7: Noeleen Horan and Donna Kirkland

Livingstone Shire candidates:

Mayor: Bill Ludwig, Andy Ireland and Lynelle Burns

Councillors: Andrea Friend, Leah Grice, Nigel Hutton, Adam Belot, Pat Eastwood, Rhodes Watson, Glenda Mather, Leo Honek, Tanya Lynch, Keith Sully, Scott Tarratt, Stephen Bird, Athol Keanalley, Mathew Peach, Mike Decman

Early voting opens on March 16, closes at 6pm on March 27

Postal vote ballot papers close on April 7 at 5pm

Election day: Saturday, March 28, 8am to 6pm

What is the key issue for Rockhampton Regional Council candidates to address in the local government election?

This poll ended on 27 March 2020.

Current Results

Keeping rate rises at or below CPI

13%

Supporting local businesses to grow, create and protect jobs

8%

Attracting new business/industry to the area

9%

Delivering new infrastructure projects and facilities

3%

Reviving the CBD

2%

Reducing Council debt

0%

Improving the region’s roads, intersections, footpaths

4%

Delivering the South Rockhampton flood levee

2%

Stopping the South Rockhampton flood levee

9%

Creating new tourism opportunities

0%

Reducing water charges

2%

Raising the barrage to increase water security

3%

Upgrading Rockhampton Airport to international flights

3%

Improving the region’s waste collection and management

1%

Fixing or modifying Council’s local laws

0%

Developing a youth engagement strategy to combat juvenile crime

3%

Improving local parks, playgrounds and sporting fields

0%

Addressing the region’s pests including deer and weeds

0%

Doing more to reduce crime

10%

Shifting the rail line out of town

1%

Supporting the construction of a major sports stadium

2%

Doing more to help the less fortunate, disengaged and homeless

0%

Greater support for sporting and community organisations

0%

Better communication and consultation between Council and the community

1%

Improving drainage and flood mitigation

0%

Extending Rockhampton’s boundaries to take in fringe Livingstone suburbs of Glenlee, Rockyview and Glendale

9%

Upgrading the Mt Archer National Park to allow more adventure sports /activities

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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