Council should do everything possible to reduce cost of living pressures for its residents.

Council should introduce and establish an Independent Rates Relief Tribunal.

An Independent Rates Relief Tribunal would provide debt relief to ratepayers in financial hardship.

Financial hardship exists when rate payers are unable to meet basic requirements. This includes food, clothing, medicine, accommodation, and children’s education.

This hardship may occur because of illness, long-term unemployment, or death of a partner.
Water bills also require relief and Council will strongly advocate for community values to always prevail in those situations too.

Our region and our community are fair-minded and compassionate. In situations of genuine hardship our Council should reflect these core community values wholly.

This Council has consistently increased rates more than CPI – Shame!

Where Council should do all things possible to reduce cost of living pressure on residents.
Can I preface this initiative by saying I have made a commitment to not increase rates by more than the CPI?

An Independent Rates Relief Tribunal would provide debt relief to ratepayers in financial hardship.

Financial hardship exists when ratepayers are unable to meet basic requirements, including food, clothing, medicine, accommodation, and children’s education.

This hardship may occur because of illness, long-term unemployment, or death of a partner.
Our region andour community are fair-minded and compassionate. In situations of genuine hardship our Council should reflect these core community values wholly.

Water bills also require relief and Council will strongly advocate for community values to always prevail in those situations too.