Mayor hints major project ahead of election
Banana Shire Council Mayor Nev Ferrier has hinted he has some big projects to tackle if re-elected in March.
Ahead of Local Government elections on March 28, Mr Ferrier said he was currently heavily involved in discussions with a developer regarding a major industrial project for the shire, which would be announced soon.
Without going into great detail, Cr Ferrier said the project fell under the Raedon Street Industrial Land Development.
Cr Ferrier also added that unless unforeseen circumstances arose, council endeavoured to totally eliminate current debt levels within the next five years, thereby ensuring ongoing financial sustainability.
As of June 2020, council will be in debt $6.6 million with Cr Ferrier believing council is “going well” financially.
“There are several projects which the current council has initiated and I want to see them reach a satisfactory conclusion,” Cr Ferrier said.
“I want to introduce to our communities our proposed Economic Development and Tourism Strategies that council has under active consideration for implementation in the new term.
“With three of councils long serving councillors intending to retire at this election, and with the recent retirement of a long serving CEO and two new directors, I believe it is important from a consistency and stability point of view that I continue to lead the council for another term.”
A couple of projects that Cr Ferrier would like to tackle next term with council include pursuing the availability of bore water to the Magavalis Sporting precinct, Biloela Lawn Cemetery and Rainbow Street sporting bodies to help offset the costs of providing water for their grounds.
And secondly, continuing with what Cr Ferrier describes so far as his successful lobbying of state and federal governments to fund a variety of major projects; bridges replacement program, black spot funding, disaster mitigation projects and Raedon Street Industrial Land Development.
“I’m mindful of the tough economic times and so I want to ensure that future rate rises are kept to a bare minimum to cover escalating costs that council must deal with,” Cr Ferrier said.
“I value my personal integrity highly and make decisions which I am convinced are in the best interests of the community at large.”