The Grafton saleyards is one of the services Clarence Valley Council wants people to consider sacrificing to help its budget bottom line.
The Grafton saleyards is one of the services Clarence Valley Council wants people to consider sacrificing to help its budget bottom line. Jojo Newby

Vote on which services you are prepared to sacrifice

THE PROPOSED 8% rate hike for the Clarence Valley from July 2016 has to be accompanied by cuts to services for the council's budget to become sustainable, says a report to the council.

Earlier this month an extraordinary meeting of the Clarence Valley Council voted to seek the rate increase as part of a raft of measures including rationalisation of council assets and cuts to come from a list of 24 services council provides.

The council has called two public meetings - one in Maclean today (Tuesday) and the other in Grafton on Thursday - to consult the community on which of the services it is prepared to eliminate and which ones it wants to keep.

This round of consultation follows extensive canvassing of public opinion last year to help the council come up with its 10-year community plan.

The message to council from the 2014 round of consultation was people wanted big improvements in the road network. Council warned the community then it would need to cut back on other services to afford the necessary road works and seek to increase its revenue.

How many of these services would you be prepared to sacrifice:

Which of these services would you vote 'off the island'?

This poll ended on 31 May 2015.

Current Results

Tourism services and tourism promotion

3%

Economic services and economic development or promotion services

4%

Natural Resource Management Services

3%

Community Development Service

2%

Youth Services

2%

Ageing and Access Services

1%

Safe Communities Services

3%

Library facilities and services

2%

Community Centres

1%

Sponsored events and festivals

5%

Community Care Services not funded by other levels of government

3%

Public Halls

3%

Under-utilised, unique or unusual sporting facilities

8%

Aquatic Facilities

1%

Under-utilised public amenities

8%

Ulmarra Pool at end of current contract

5%

South Grafton Saleyards

3%

Mobile Library Services

5%

Grafton Regional Gallery

5%

Grafton Airport operation and/or ownership

5%

Cemeteries

0%

Quarries

5%

Environmental sustainability services

4%

Under-utilised caravan parks and camping facilities

8%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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