What is the biggest issue facing the shire?

September 30, 2016

Vicki Neele.

John Zobec.

Neil Repacholi.

Neil Pankhurst.

FIVE candidates will contest Campaspe Shire’s Kyabram ward next month.

All were invited to take part in a questionnaire with Henry Russell Longuehaye-Hooper the only candidate to refuse after being unable to access the questions in advance.

The rest of the responses are below in ballot order.

Neil Pankhurst

Cost shifting is certainly a large concern.

Rate capping and the impact that has. Obviously over the past few years council has done a lot of work to understand the requirements to maintain our current assets, so that’s still a challenge for us.

Vicki Neele

I think that it’s a council working positively and collaboratively to reach the potential of their shire. I think it is divided and that’s a huge disadvantage.

John Zobec

I think we have several issues facing Campaspe Shire.

Transparency would be one. I do think we are the most secretive society and I think transparency would be a good start to open the discussion.

I think to not have all our briefings in confidential would be a start.

Since we had the aquatic service review I personally think we should be reviewing all services, not just one in particular.

There’s a lot of assets out there that could be looked upon. We need to see whether they are efficient and cost effective.

Neil Repacholi

The main issues is with the governance model currently run.

Campaspe Shire now has almost twice the average of information in confidential, compared to other councils in Victoria.

The second is promoting industry within the shire.

Currently the dairy industry is battling and any business that relies on the dairy industry is battling.

Other issues there are common complaints about is the inability of the shire to respond to community requests. It takes forever.

I want the community to be able to do business with council in a reasonable time frame, and for council to own the decision it makes, which is why a lot of discussion needs to be open with the community.

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