I am proud to lead a council that has a strong and transparent vision for the future.
Protecting our lifestyle and planning for one-million-plus residents means the decisions we make today will have a huge bearing on every aspect of our city and the way we live – from transport to open space, community centres, sporting fields, parking, public transport and events.
Our Council Plan 2022–2027 lays out Council's commitment to the residents of the Gold Coast.
As Mayor, I am focused on ensuring strong fiscal discipline to every decision we make on the floor of council chamber. People rightly expect quality services, at a price they can afford, and we are achieving that while keeping a lid on our debt.
Equally, people expect certainty when it comes to how the city is growing, where future residential infrastructure is being established and how our transport strategies interface with the growing population.
Since 2012 when I was first elected Mayor, every Councillor has worked tirelessly to deliver a low-rates future. We have achieved that by ensuring the past 11 annual budgets have delivered any rate increase at, or below, the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This plan sets in concrete that commitment until 2027.
Just as residents want certainty, the business community also wants certainty when it comes to fees and charges, planning provisions and incentive projects. Our city has in excess of 71,000 registered businesses – the true backbone of our economy and the major employer of Gold Coasters.
I encourage you to explore our Council Plan and commend the City's administration for delivering the projects we all want to see in this great city of ours.
Tom Tate BE (UNSW)