Williams brings accounting know-how to mayoral operate

Brett Williams has additional than 20 years’ encounter in regional federal government and thinks Rockhampton could be ruled far more effectively.

Born in Mount Morgan, the mayoral applicant said he was eager to be the region’s “full-time” mayor, guided by his do the job and life practical experience as a labourer, army medic, and council adviser.

With an accounting diploma from CQUniversity, most of Mr Williams’ know-how has to with finance.

“With the basic principles sort things, if you go back again to your basics and search at what you are performing, you can ordinarily boost and do them superior,” he stated.

“You can uncover methods of generating it much easier for you and conserving money. It’s not all about raising prices and finding much more revenue. In some cases you can conserve funds by undertaking matters additional proficiently.

“That’s what I’m searching at. Get the roads, the water, the sewerage, the rubbish – the matters that folks actually want. You really don’t need to have major structures or statues or anything else. Get the basics carried out very first.”

Mr Williams has labored with councils in Queensland and New South Wales.

He stated in Rockhampton, forms was becoming far more and extra irritating for persons and enterprises.

“From what I can hear, there’s a challenge with council having back to men and women. Why? Give people details. Men and women are delighted if they know what’s going on.

“Look at the red tape. I know a great deal of the pink tape arrives from the State and Federal Goverments and it’s passed down to nearby authorities.

“I’ve been hearing from firms some of the costs that council costs. They are large. Are they actually necessary to have these types of substantial fees for some thing? Lets glimpse at our price structure. “There’s a entire bunch of fiscal troubles that we want to glance at. The council serves the persons.”

Mr Williams denied the efficacy of a rates freeze and the idea council need to not accrue personal debt.

He also touched on the trouble of criminal offense in Rockhampton.

“You can’t do a premiums freeze,” he explained. That does not do the job: I have viewed it fall short at many councils. Financial debt is not a negative term, by the way.

“Obviously we will need to do something about the criminal offense in Rocky.

“The mayor and the council can chat to the State Govt about expanding the law enforcement quantities.”

About “hoons on the street”, Mr Williams said motor vehicle fanatics and hobbyists need to be offered somewhere to enjoy away from household places.

“Maybe council could assist that a little bit better,” he mentioned. “Publicise it a bit so that folks know about it. We want to give them somewhere secure to do it.

“A fantastic notion is a great notion. Practically nothing is impossible, we just haven’t carried out it nevertheless. That is how I believe we should really be wanting at it.”