Councillors' views - Ian Crossland

Read the latest City Limits Magazine column by Councillor Ian Crossland.

This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 51 - April 2016.

City Limits - April 2016 - issue 51 - magazine cover

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This year will provide a number of challenges and opportunities which could make a real difference to our community. With controlled spending and sound decision making Council should deliver a rate rise lower than 2.9%.

Investigations last year revealed that Council owns a large number of mostly rundown buildings. We now have the difficult task of making decisions around renewal or disposal of these assets. Any funds raised from the disposal of surplus assets can be used to upgrade others.

Council recently explored ways to reduce our ongoing electricity costs. We have agreed to invest $600,000 to reduce our electricity usage. After the initial payback period (3-5 years) the project will deliver significant ongoing savings which will directly impact on the rates we pay. We continue to explore further cost saving strategies including the development of a solar farm.

Coastal Ward

I am pleased to announce that Council has agreed to fund the first stage of the Glade Crescent wetlands at Hallett Cove. The project, to commence this year, will not only prevent coastal damage but should provide water harvesting opportunities once all the stages are complete. The reserve will be beautified with wetlands, walking trails and indigenous plantings.

Another thank you to the Hallett Cove Lions who are organising the ANZAC day service at the Hallett Cove foreshore. I am hoping for decent weather. Please remember to support this community event.

Feel free to contact me if you are concerned about rates or any Council services.

Councillor Ian Crossland

City Limits Magazine

The City Limits Magazine is a community publication that keeps Marion residents in touch with what is happening in their community. It includes information about major projects, council initiatives and events, as well as profiles of community members.

It is published three times a year and distributed to 40,000 residents and businesses in the Marion Council area.