UPCOMING PLANS: Current mayor of Balonne Shire council, Richard Marsh has decided he will be running again in the upcoming election.
UPCOMING PLANS: Current mayor of Balonne Shire council, Richard Marsh has decided he will be running again in the upcoming election.

Cr Marsh announces 2020 election plans

WITH close to two decades experience in Council and a successful term as mayor, Cr Richard Marsh is determined to enhance our region even further.

The current mayor of Balonne Shire council has announced his name will be on the ballot paper at the Local Government election in March.

“I tossed up whether to run again but my health’s good and everything’s look good that I’ll be running again,” he said.

Cr Marsh who has been involved with the Balonne Shire council since November 2002 and has been the mayor for the past four said he has several plans for the Shire if he is re-elected in 2020.

He discussed how he will be continuing the wild dog fencing, as well as commencing development for the new thermal springs in Dirranbandi.

“Our intent is to have 4ft bath tubs but we’re currently taking expressions of interest and seeing who would be interested in operating it,” he said.

“We want to develop our smaller towns in the Shire, as well as St George.

“It’s a community effort, we work with them to achieve what they think needs to be done.”

Cr Marsh said he is proud of the economic development and the new rating system the Shire has been able to achieve over the last term.

“I have to give credit to the state and federal government, we’ve been successful in grant funding from these bodies that have supported projects in our community,” he said.

The new rural rating structure will be phased in over the next seven years after an extensive review of rates and charges.

Cr Marsh said the proposed rating changes would consolidate categories and simplify the rural rating structure.

“It was a fairly significant scheme that was achieved that will recognise everyone is being valued in the same way,” he said.

Cr Marsh attributes the progress made in the Balonne Shire over the last term to the strong team working alongside him.

“The whole of council have worked well together,” Cr Marsh said.

“We’ve of course had some differences along the way but we sort them out and move on.”

With level five water restrictions recently being implemented in St George, Cr Marsh said the Council have been holding meetings every week to carefully monitor the usage.

“We’ve been working out what’s still available to try and push it out a little longer,” he said.

“There are those who obey the rules to the letter, and then there are the ones who can’t accept the fact that we have to let watering the gardens go.

“We’ve been looking closely at the usage and can see it hasn’t decreased significantly so there must be some who are not playing the game.”


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