EAGLEHAWK Ward councillor Peter Cox has formally set the proposed rates cap as a council agenda.
Cr Cox has confirmed he will run in next month’s council election, citing a rates cap as his key issue.
Cr Cox formally announced he will be a candidate for the Whipstick Ward this week, after earlier announcing he would run.
“I have strongly advocated for residents over the past four years and I hope to continue in this role for a further term. I have been prepared to take on the difficult issues and have gained many successful outcomes. I hope the $3m drainage project in California Gully will finally alleviate flooding for businesses and residents in that area,” he said.
“I believe putting a maximum cap of four per cent on rates is the most important election issue.
“This can be achieved by conducting an independent public review of council’s operations where I am certain savings and efficiencies can be found.“I urge everybody to ask candidates where they stand on this issue. It is not good enough for candidates to say they will keep rates low. They need to be asked. How low? Their answer needs to be measurable and accountable.”
Cr Cox said he had a strong rack record on council.
“I have been a part of completing many projects including the upgrade of Lake Neangar, California Gully Recreation Reserve, Long Gully Pavilion and Men’s Shed and Truscott Reserve among many others. All the drawings are now finalised for the
Canterbury Oval upgrade and I look forward to these works being completed over the next four years,” he said..
“The new residential and transport strategies are important issues to be tackled over the next 12 months to ensure Bendigo remains a city where people can enjoy its great amenities. I have also been an advocate for the municipality’s heritage, history and natural vegetation as they contribute immensely to our lifestyle, the wonderful feel of the city and its economic prosperity.
“I urge everyone to join the debate not only during the election period but during the life of the next council. There is much to be gained and the city needs your input.”