Regarding Dennis Matthews’ letter (“Aspiring councillors must detail savings”, October 11), numerous candidates, including myself, have given a clear outline as to how savings could be made.
REDUCING the top-heavy Mildura council management;
CREATING a developer guarantee bond to ensure new housing development streets are made to a standard that won’t crumble after two years, leaving ratepayers picking up the tab for repairs;
REDUCING or eliminating council-funded boards, such as Mildura City Heart, that does nothing more than organise a jumping castle for the kids on school holidays;
PUTTING the insurance requirements out to private tender;
ENDING the practice of “preferred contractors” tendering for council contracts that locks out competition.
All these things can be achieved without slash-and-burn cuts to services.
What people should be asking of sitting councillors is why they never even looked at these options.
Mildura Council candidate