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RATEPAYERS have a golden opportunity to tell Douglas Shire Council how they want their rates to be spent for the next five years.

Council has delivered 4000 replied paid post cards to homes and sent 5500 emails to ratepayers to ask them the $100 question.

Survey responses will be analysed and reviewed by Councillors as part of the 2019-2024 Corporate Plan development.

Community workshops will be organised after the results are analysed.

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Councillor Michael Kerr, Cr Roy Zammataro, Mayor Julia Leu, Deputy Mayor Abigail Noli and Cr David Carey


Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said this was the community’s best chance to influence what they want their Council to focus on.

“It is important that everyone with a stake in Douglas Shire tells us where they want their hard-earned money to go,” she said.

“The main question we are asking is if you have $100 to spend, how would you spread that money across council areas?

“You may want to spend it all on roads and footpaths, you may believe we need to invest more money in our water infrastructure, or you could want a greater focus on the environment, arts and culture.

“The next two weeks is the ratepayers’ chance to speak up.”



People may answer questions on the post card and pop it into the post, or go to council’s website and do the survey online.

Council will also be asking ratepayers what they believe Douglas Shire’s top three challenges are, what the priorities should be and how the community keeps updated with council news.

The survey is available here:

The survey closes on March 18.

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