Our councillors look back on 2015: Cr Cameron Gow
What are your proudest moments as a councillor in 2015?
The appointment of a new CEO who understands and delivers what needs to be done to get council back on track.
I moved receipt of the Debt Report in August that outlines where the debt came from, and then in October I moved the resolution to endorse the reduction in our biggest cost centre of staff wages by natural attrition to lower these significant costs.
Moving to address the debt we should never have had, and that I voted against in the previous term of council, certainly gives me the most amount of satisfaction and is now finally moving us towards a council that we can afford.
2015 was a watershed year. The significant reduction in staff numbers, from 393 in 2011 to about 325 currently, to the big turnaround in our finances and the continuation of core services has been the hallmark of this year.
What would you liked to have done differently this year?
I wish we could have had a better budget this year, but with the debt we inherited from the two previous councils, and the extra $10million debt created between 2008 and 2012 to a total of over $25M at the end of last term, a level of debt that I still disagree with to this day, and on top of the debt add the amount of staff that council has, the best budget couldn't quite be achieved in this financial year, but should be in a far better position for the next budget.
What would you like to see on the Granite Belt in 2016?
I would like to see the continuation of an even distribution of council services across the entire region. I would like to see Stanthorpe maintain its fair share and would very much like to continue to support that outcome.
I would like to see a much more secure water supply progressed and an overall improvement in and co-ordination of what's available in our community for our youth.