YOUR VOICE -YOUR CHOICE
During the 2016 election Peta campaigned on a platform of stopping Port Macquarie-Hastings Council plan to increase our rates by a staggering 52.4%.
Throughout my campaign she was accused by many of scaremongering and lying about a rate rise.
The then Mayor publicly stated in the media that there were no plans for a rate rise and that it would be a matter for the newly elected Council.
After the election and as she predicted, the new Council voted to apply to IPART for a special rate variation to raise the Communities rates.
Earlier this month, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) released a 23 page document titled Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s application for a special variation for 2017-18.
This document outlined the determination behind their decision to approve a rate increase on our Community as applied for by the Council.
Most importantly the May 2017 report stated on page 4 the following;
“Port Macquarie-Hastings Council applied to increase its general income by 5.39% in 2017-18, consisting of;
The truth was that our Council had intended to secretly increase our rates and was caught out by my campaign which stopped the excessive rate increase.
In this upcoming by-election Peta is offering the ratepayers and residents of the Port Macquarie Hastings region a Mayor who is committed to giving our Community an honest and transparent Council.