“We cannot always agree but we can work together for the benefit of the city, individuals can make a difference, but teams can achieve so much more.” One of Martin’s strengths is to work with people in an encouraging manner, advocating where required and when necessary formidably putting a perspective.
As part of a team, Martin has worked to turn around the forecasted ‘budget blow out’ that the council inherited in 2010. “The projected debt at that time was alarming (see the dotted line on graph 1).
The council of which I have been part has made significant cuts in the ￼￼￼ten year plan to bring the projected debt under control (see the green columns on graph 1).
This means that we now have a budget which should balance in 2017 (see graph 2).”
We can however continue to improve on our decision making processes. I strongly believe that we need to harness the ability of every elected councillor and be actively involved with the community.
Good governance is not just rubber stamping management recommendations.
Vote for Experience; Martin would support
- Balancing budgets, while continuing good community services
- Sustainable development; including transport and waste minimisation
- Cycleways, walkways, parks and playgrounds
- The arts; creative and performance
- Community and recreational facilities
Campaign 2016 – Postal Voting by 12 noon Saturday 8th October