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Brendan Seawright

Question 1:

The community have expressed significant concerns regarding the perceived lack of consultation, insufficient information disclosure, unquantified financial decisions, and overall lack of transparency in Council's actions, particularly concerning agreements like the one with REX airlines and asset acquisitions such as the old grain depot.
 
What process would you implement to ensure adequate consultation with community, as well as ensuring financially prudent decisions are being made within the chamber? 

There could never really be exactly one process you can follow. The best result is achieved by ensuring all opportunities are taken to engage with our communities. This can be achieved by access to surveys, both digitally and paper based, local community forums and contact through our local volunteer group bases. Also ensuring all our councillor representatives engage with communities members on a regular basis throughout any project, acquisition or agreements that have major impacts on our region.

Question 2:

RCAT recognises the vital role that businesses play in our regional economy and community. With this in mind, we're keen to understand your vision and proposed strategies for supporting our local business community into the future. Could you outline specific initiatives or policies you plan to champion to support growth, innovation, and resilience among our local businesses.

As with any business throughout any region - growth, innovation and resilience are achieved when businesses are supported locally by both other businesses, residents and local government organisations. I will advocate to ensure the council continues to engage local business to quote, tender and become suppliers. More growth and resilience can be achieved by infrastructure development in our region, whether this is local parks or services such as medical, child care, aged care and housing. This will attract people and families to our area which can bring a range of ready honed skilled employees for our local businesses.

Question 3:

As a councillor, the importance of having a well-defined set of personal values and ethics cannot be overstated. With this in mind, how do you intend to equip yourself with the necessary information and understanding to form your own position on important issues before voting? Additionally, what strategies do you have in mind to actively contribute within the chamber to ensure that decisions lead to impactful and beneficial outcomes for our communities?

I’ll make sure to equip myself with the necessary information and understanding. It’s all about staying informed, engaging with the community and doing thorough research. And when it comes to making decisions, I’ll actively contribute by collaborating with fellow councillors, listening to different perspectives, and advocating for the best outcomes for our communities. It’s a team effort and I’m ready to make a positive impact!

Question 4:

Both RCAT and Maranoa Regional Council (through the APLNG Liveability Fund) have jointly invested significant funds and time over the past 12 months to support regional liveability initiatives.  We are keen to hear your perspective on enhancing liveability and attracting and retaining a local skilled workforce. In your view, what are the key strategies or initiatives that our local council can undertake and/or support to improve the overall quality of life for residents, while also making our region more attractive to workers and ensuring they choose to live local and remain within our communities.

Key strategies for myself and anyone who is truly wishing to enhance liveability, retaining local skilled workers and attracting more people to our area, is to improve our towns to support people and families with the following:

- Services that suitably support the residents of each community

- Quality housing for our current population with room and plans for growth

- Sporting facilities for all ages and disciplines

- Competitive wages for positions within the community and council

- Committing to completing community projects, not just talking about them

- Ensuring our tourist attractions are well-maintained and promoted

- Positive community engagement

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