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Rockhampton Mayor to Consult Locals Over Spending

By David Bell

Owners of real estate in Rockhampton may be interested to hear that Rockhampton mayor Margaret Strelow is asking for community feedback regarding the budget.

The council has explained that in order for rate rises to be as minimal as possible in the 2013-14 financial year, there has to be a very tight budget – which is where the community comes into the picture.

Mayor Strelow is looking to the public for ideas on where money needs to be spent and on where it can be saved – with "speed dating" style sessions to take place where residents can be consulted.

April will hold the majority of these events, with council looking to develop a number of questions that will be asked of ratepayers.

Rockhampton, Gracemere, Mount Morgan, Bajool, Mouldercombe, Westwood/Wycarbah and Alton Downs/Ridgelands will all hold these sessions.

Ratepayers who are going to remain within the Rockhampton Regional Council until 2014 are eligible for these events.

The dates and times will be announced as they are organised.

Those interested are invited to register their desire to attend with the council customer service centre, by calling 1300 22 55 77 or 4932 9000.

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