Costs rate highly as real issues
By SALLY GORDON
SOARING land valuations and the annual burden of carrying hefty council rates are the top concerns for Clarence Coast residents.
These issues have been raised repeatedly with prospective Clarence Valley councillor Doug Mackenzie at the door of households from Wooli to Iluka.
Mr Mackenzie is almost halfway through a doorknocking campaign aimed at garnering grass-roots support for the March 5 Clarence Valley Council election.
Since January 26, the Yamba man has been pounding the footpaths to personally meet voters at Wooli, Minnie Water, Diggers Camp, Brooms Head, Angourie and Wooloweyah.
Ninety per cent of residents at Yamba and another 90 per cent at Iluka may have also had a visit from the tenacious candidate.
"It's an old-fashioned campaign, that is getting away from spending heaps of money on advertising and trying to get in contact with the people who will be the voters," he said yesterday.
"It's coming from the people. I want to listen to what the people have to say, not put in ads telling them what they should think."
This week Mr Mackenzie plans to drop by homes in Maclean and along the river, south to Brushgrove.
Mr Mackenzie said most people had responded positively to his 'no-strings-attached' campaign. He said many households had told him he was the first candidate from a field of 37 hopefuls who had taken the effort to personally introduce himself.