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First 100 Days As Mayor

REDLAND City Mayor Karen Williams marked her 100 days in office yesterday. Cr Williams was elected mayor on April 28 with 69.51 per cent of the vote after a landslide victory over one-term mayor Melva Hobson, in the two-candidate race. Editorial: Hundred days in office image She took the opportunity yesterday to address her councillors and list her top 10 achievements over her first 100 days. "It's been busy since the election but I have stuck to my election promises of overhauling rates, rubbish and roads," Cr Williams said. Top of her list was getting Redlands on the channel 7 and 9 weather maps, followed closely by establishing a Red Tape Reduction taskforce on May 30. After abolishing tip fees and overturning a decision to buy land in Redland Bay for a remote car park to service Weinam Creek, she indicated she would not renew the contract of chief executive officer Gary Stevenson, and he subsequently resigned. She then appointed former chief executive Susan Rankin to the position for the short term. She also oversaw the reintegration of the city's water retail business and organised the Queensland Treasury Corporation to review the city's books before she delivered her first budget on July 12. In the budget, she froze commercial rates and kept overall rates rises to 1.9 per cent, the lowest increase in South East Queensland. She also increased general rates by 0.69 per cent after clamping down on a proposal to increase them 4.5 per cent. Another of her 100-day measures was axing the China Trade office, which she did last month.

Posted on 07 Aug 2012

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