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Families and elderly 'big winners' if I'm elected: O'Connell

PENSIONERS and families will be the "big winners" if mayor Gerard O'Connell is re-elected, he claims.

In the first significant election announcement from the O'Connell camp, pensioners and families will receive more support from the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

Cr O'Connell proposes to raise pensioner rebates by 33% to $200 and help families struggling to manage their budgets by aligning fee payment.

"Currently rates are paid annually, while water and sewerage are paid every four months," he said.

"I will be working with the new council to build alignment into this process, so that those accounts can be paid in three equal instalments each year.

"This should provide a better cash flow to everyone, especially families and pensioners."

Cr O'Connell said small businesses would also benefit with a proposal for the new council to lift its local spend to 90% of the budget.

"The more we can give to local contractors and suppliers, the better it is for everyone," he said.

Currently the council spends 81% of its budget locally.
 

Topics:  gerard o'connell, incentives, local government election 2016, rates




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