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Redlands Is Heading In The Wrong Direction

Redlands is a good place to live, but it is heading in the wrong direction, according to a survey conducted by mayoral candidate Karen Williams. “According to a survey distributed across the electorate, 70% of residents think our area is heading in the wrong direction and only 8% think it is heading in the right direction." “That doesn’t mean that Redlands is a bad place to live. It does mean that if we continue with current council policies residents think it will be.” Ms Williams said that of the almost 500 people that responded to the survey, the major issue troubling residents was rates, nominated as an issue by 75%, followed by water charges (69%) and then tip fees (36%). “The cost of living is definitely hitting residents hard." “This would not be helped by the fact that the total of rates, levies and charges collected by Council has increased by almost 50% in the last four years, almost five times the rate of inflation.” Ms Williams said that the middle ranking issues were real estate development, with 23%, followed by roads, general maintenance and the environment, all on 18%. “These are issues that will come to the forefront if development in the Redlands were to get out of control." “By adhering to our current population policy this can be avoided.” Ms Williams said that residents appeared generally satisfied with the level of facilities for both young and old as only 11% and 13% respectively mentioned them. Other issues measured were parking, tourism and employment. Cr Williams said that residents had made a large number of suggestions for improving Redlands and she had found ways to fund some of those, while at the same time capping the overall rate burden. “I thank residents for their generosity in making these recommendations and I’ll be releasing my response to them close to the election date.” image

Posted on 10 Mar 2012

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