Mr Glenn Spear
As this newsletter reaches you we are in the midst of a Federal Election Campaign. The Council has agreed to approach the various federal candidates with a list of priorities for which we are seeking federal funding. Now is a great time to get the Daws/Springbank Roads intersection upgraded. A list of the City of Mitcham Federal Election Priority projects is available on the website at http://www.mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au/federalelection.
The Federal Government and the State Government have recently announced support for a rail link from the City to the Flinders Medical Centre. I spent a lot of time lobbying the government; both Federal and State to achieve a better outcome for our residents with relation to this project. We appreciate that the Federal and State Governments have agreed to fund this important rail link.
We are in the final stages of completing 2016/2017 budget. I am pleased to report that Mitcham Council is in a strong financial position. The Council is in surplus, increased capital works spending and repayment of debt is being achieved. Our rate increase of under 3% is the lowest rate increase we have had in many years. We are currently on track to reduce this even more in the next two years. I will continue to strive for lower rates through better efficiencies. I thank the Chief Executive Officer, Directors, and fellow Councillors for their support in achieving this outcome.
Council has sought feedback from the community on the Draft Tree Policy 2016 – 2025 which will ensure planting and maintenance of trees within the Council area. We are increasing resources for stormwater management and have allocated increased funding for footpaths and roads. Council is in “catch up” on many of these capital works programs and certainly it is a priority for this Council to be pro-active in applying resources to these areas.
Traffic management issues are identified as a priority. There are many areas that residents feel need attention. I have no doubt that there are significant parking issues in and around the Flinders Precinct. Council is out to consultation on several “problem areas” and we will need to consider whether we allocate additional resources to help our residents.
I am continuing with my work on the Board of The Local Government Association to make nominees for Local Government declare political affiliation. We have two Councillors in Mitcham that have taken leave of absence whilst they pursue their Federal political careers. My personal views on this are well known!
Monday 9 May to Friday 15 May was volunteer week and it is an important time to recognise the 360 volunteers that contribute their time to assist the community. It is impossible for Council to provide the service to the community without the contribution of our volunteers. Well done everyone.