My 6 Point Back to Basics Commitment as Mayor
In the leadup to the Council election in 2012, I made six pledges to the community if I became Mayor. To date, this is what has been achieved.
- A cap on rates to the CPI or less
- In the four budgets during this term, Redland City's rates have risen by around 8%, which is less than the CPI over that period, less than any Council in South East Queensland and less in total than each single year of the previous Council.
- Abolishing domestic tip fees
- Approved by Council 30 May 2012 (No tip fees as of 1 July 2012 - See full story here).
- Maintaining and better managing current population targets
- The draft Redland City Plan 2015 will be released for public consultation from 14 September until 27 November - almost double the statutory minimum of 30 business days
- Cutting bureaucratic red tape
- Council approved setting up a Redtape Taskforce on 30 May 2012 (See story here)
- Controlling Council debt
- I have reduced per capita debt by 10%, resulting in the lowest debt per household in South East Queensland, and delivered the first two surpluses in 15 years, with a third planned for 2015/16.
- Making Redland City Council processes more efficient, transparent and fair.
- I reduced five Council departments to three, saving $1million in the first year of Council, have strengthened Council's Local Buy policy, included residents on some Council tender panels, investigation of community panels to better inform decision making, and included terms of reference for all reference groups.
Latest Blog & Media Articles
In relation to the article “Save our swings” (Redland City Bulletin, 30/9/15), Council would like to reinforce that no decision has been made as to what to do with the land at 7 John Street and intends to discuss options with St James Lutheran Church.
04 Oct 2015 - (0) Comments - continue reading
Repeated accusations and unsubstantiated allegations continue to be bandied around about my election campaign and donations. For clarity, truth, and to set the record straight, these are the facts.
01 Oct 2015 - (2) Comments - continue reading
The Crime and Corruption Commission does not intend to take any action relating to my self-referral of claims of corrupt conduct by myself, councillors and council staff.
29 Sep 2015 - (2) Comments - continue reading
Redland City’s domestic violence support service has a new home in Cleveland after Council today approved their application to set up in Bloomfield Street.
23 Sep 2015 - (1) Comments - continue reading
Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams has moved to clear accusations of corruption by having the claims referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).
18 Sep 2015 - (0) Comments - continue reading
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