READY TO LISTEN: Rockhampton mayoral candidate Michael McMillan and his shadow council held their first community meeting yesterday at the CQ Leagues Club.
READY TO LISTEN: Rockhampton mayoral candidate Michael McMillan and his shadow council held their first community meeting yesterday at the CQ Leagues Club. Lisa Benoit Roklmcmillan

Rocky mayoral candidate outlines strategy to get city moving

ABOLISHING landlord tax, pushing for a stadium and getting the local economy back on its feet are three top issues concerning Rockhampton mayoral candidate Michael McMillan.

The businessman and his team held their first shadow council meeting yesterday at CQ Leagues Club to hear the issues concerning the public, and how Mr McMillan would address them if he were elected as Rockhampton mayor in March 2016.

The room, filled with 120 people, burst into applause and a few cheers from the back of the room when Mr McMillan said he was adamant about abolishing landlord tax within his first 100 days in office.

"(Landlord tax) is a huge obstacle and it doesn't encourage investment, we want to see people investing their money in our community," Mr McMillan said.

He also plans to keep the community involved in his efforts and, if elected, would produce a 100-day report card to the public to let them know how council is functioning and where they stand.

Mr McMillan said along with abolishing the landlord tax, his council will have policies ready for a "buy local first program" and also review the tiered-water rates system.

Aside from his top three policies, the "stagnate" local economy was on most people's minds at the meeting.

Mr McMillan said the local council can no longer rely on the federal and state governments to make changes on their behalf.

"We need to be proactive and take the initiative to build a plan to stimulate our economy, increase jobs and bring people back," he said.

While beef and mining have always been the pillars of the community, Mr McMillan said new opportunities need to be created.

"That means looking at what Rockhampton is strategically best placed to pursue, whether that's the services sector, IT or agriculture," Mr McMillan said.

"Rockhampton needs to stop thinking of itself as a small region and determine what our place will be in global economy and pursue that with vigour. We cannot stand by idle, we have to be proactive."

TOP 3 AGENDA ITEMS

Mayoral candidate Michael McMillan has three issues he plans to address immediately if elected.

  • Abolish landlord tax within first 100 days in office
  • Buy local first program
  • Review of the tiered-water rates system


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