At the DSRA Committee meeting held on the 3rd of June, the Committee discussed its key strategic priorities for the Association.
The results of the recently conducted poll of members confirmed that the 3 top priority areas for our members are in the areas of;
1) Rates & Governance
2) Economic Development & Tourism
3) Water & Waste Management
The DSRA through it’s sub-committees is now be pursing issues in each of these areas.
Rates & Charges Review: A deputation to Council seeking a full review of Council Rates and Charges is being prepared, with a primary focus on the General Rate Category system which we believe to be inequitable and unfair. This is a big job and will not influence this years budget but we do expect significant changes to be implemented in the 21/22 financial year. A deputation will be presented to Council in the coming months.
Campaign to change the QLD Local Government Act: The Rates & Governance Sub-Committee reported that the campaign to seek changes to the QLD Local Government Act that will enable all ratepayer’s to vote in Council elections has now begun. Letters have been sent to Federal and State Government politicians. The Queensland Local Government Reform Association (QLGRA) are supporting the campaign.
Water & Waste Management Sub-Committee: The Committee discussed the membership of the Water & Waste Management Sub-Committee and will be calling for members with expertise, experience and an interest in this area to assist in what is a vital infrastructure deficit in our Shire.
DSRA Membership: The Committee is in the process of managing a discipline action against one of our members who the Committee believes acted in a way that was not in the best interests of the Association. The Committee determined that the member’s membership should be cancelled. That member has now called for an appeal through a General Meeting (in accordance with the Constitution). All members will be informed in due course of how and when this will occur in consideration of Covid 19 restrictions.
Douglas Shire Council: The President reported that the Mayor, Michael Kerr had made contact requesting a meeting. Councillors will also be invited to meetings to open up lines of communication between the DSRA and the DSC. The DSC, CEO Mark Stoermer, has been approached to provide demographic data on ratepayers.
Next Committee meeting 1st July 2020