Here are the previous two years resolutions that Councillor Whitfield challenged himself to achieve for Baldivis and he is wanting your suggestions for targets that he can set for 2017 on your behalf.
In 2017 we will see the youth plaza built, the soccer/little athletics club on eighty road complete as well as the dual use path to the train station. The design work will start for the next community centre and district sporting complex which will be great.
Here are some of the things that he is going to push for –
1. I have repeatedly tried to get a little more transparency from the council meetings and will try again to get them recorded to be made available on the website, or at the very least, to get full and proper minutes available.
2. We rely too heavily on residential rates and we need more industrial land , plain and simple!
3. I will continue to challenge tenders where necessary to ensure they offer value for money, this year I have challenged four tenders to the total value of $9m.
4. We need more local content for businesses to be able to access local government and state government contracts.
5. More training opportunities for people to up-skill to make them more attractive to employers.
6. Vodafone and Optus are building mobile towers thanks to your pressure but we need more! Also behind the scenes I am liaising with a regional manager for Telstra in regards to the lack of internet ports.
This year has been a good year with Baldivis Events in delivering free outdoor movies, carol concerts etc, our volunteer fire brigade are now equipped to tackle house fires thanks to the thousands of people who signed the petition and authorised me to push the issue through. We have seen twilight markets start, a great Baldivis Fair and a brand new school opening as well as various new places to eat and drink.
More can be done and things can always improve and I welcome your suggestions as to what should be on my councillor new years resolution list to achieve for the community this coming year. On a personal note I really appreciate the support of my fellow Baldivis councillor Lee Downham who has not been frightened to upset the order of things for the betterment of the community.