The North Burnett Regional Council Mayor, Rachel Chambers, had a meeting with the Mayors in Canberra.
The North Burnett Regional Council Mayor, Rachel Chambers, had a meeting with the Mayors in Canberra.

Mayor discusses regional issues in Canberra

THE North Burnett Regional Council along with members from the local government were in Canberra for the National Congress; a trip that allows ministers to discuss issues affecting the region and ways to overcome it.

Mayor Rachel Chambers said it was a successful event that allowed her the chance to discuss vital issues.

"This year we met with Senator James McGrath and discussed the vital importance of waterproofing our region and will be returning to see him and other federal ministers in the next few months with a plan to do just that,” Mayor Chambers said.

Regional telecommunications was also on the agenda and is proving to be a failure within the North Burnett.

"We met with Senator Fiona Nash to discuss the inadequacy of regional telecommunications to which we also have a few possible ways forward and we met with Darren Chester in support of my fellow wbbroc mayors quest to upgrade the Bruce Hwy,” Mayor Chambers said.

"It was collectively agreed the NBN roll out is unsatisfactory for rural, regional and remote areas. It was also clear that black-spots are still a huge issue for some areas, of course ours was included here.”

The Australian Accounting Standards was asked to be reviewed.

"We asked the assembly to review the Australian Accounting standards in regards to depreciation. Depreciation is not a friend to local governments as it is for business entities, Depreciation accounts for 30% of our budget,” Mayor Chambers said.

"We asked the assembly to undertake a review of NDIS funding especially in regards to the added expense of travel for regional, rural and remote areas.”

"We asked the assembly to give BOM the responsibility of cloud seeding and hail cannon regulation as it's a matter of climate and not a local government issue.”

Drought declaration was also asked to be reviewed.

"We asked the assembly to do a review of drought being declared as a natural disaster as currently it is not and thus doesn't have the same opportunities for support.”

"We asked the assembly to review their NDRRA (flood money) so councils are best placed to look after their communities in the future.”

Mayor Chambers will return to the North Burnett on Wednesday afternoon.


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