Sep 28, 2016

Letter To Editor Think Big, and work hard


I may not have been a Mayor, but I have been a very effective councillor getting major projects up that drive employment and growth of Southern Grampians.

 

28 September

Candidate Letter To Editor  Think Big, and work hard

Dear Pat,

I may not have been a Mayor, but I have been a very effective councillor getting major projects up that drive employment and growth of Southern Grampians.

My main achievement for this term is to successfully get a motion up to stimulate the development of a Meat Processing Plant for cattle here in Hamilton.  At investment stage, with a local company established, the planning permit granted and land purchased, this is one of the game changers which will drive economic development across this Shire, and a direct result of my vision for the future gaining support from fellow councillors.

Next is the feasibility study for Passenger Rail which eight Shires have combined to support in partnership with the State Government.  Wanting something is not enough, you have to plan to achieve these big goals. Understand the cost, the capacity of existing railway lines, how to share with rail freight services, identify potential users, measure the benefit for tourism, understand passenger rail driving connectivity and the community value.

And right now we need the communities of Southern Grampians and Glenelg Shires to get involved in making submissions and coming along to the consultants workshops which will be held in October in Horsham and Hamilton.

I have been active in attending The Felix Museum development workshops, including visiting MONA in Tasmania and every other Art Gallery and Museum anywhere near one of my numerous veterinary locums.

Finally, people are asking me about how I get along with HRBA. No problems is my answer.  I was on the first Hamilton Regional Business Association Committee and a very active member and supporter.  For a few years I was not a member as a councillor so that I did not have a conflict of interest.  I am currently a member of HRBA.

When last February HRBA put it to the current council to reduce administration costs by 1.5 million dollars to invest these funds into economic development, I had no problem seeing the potential of investment in projects.  What then transpired was the reverse.  An over budget admin spend in the order of $500,000 plus the inefficiencies of management upheaval.  My suggested alternative solutions were unfortunately not adopted by the Mayor or councillors.

Now, with your continued support, I can be part of the fresh approach to local Leadership and work constructively with good judgement to keep kicking goals for Southern Grampians.

Dr Katrina Rainsford
Candidate Southern Grampians Shire Council
97 Kennedy St Hamilton
Written and Authorised by Katrina Rainsford

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