Our View (6-3-2018): Deja-vu

I WAS flicking through a paper from this time four years ago, and readers with good memories could be forgiven for feeling a sense of deja-vu.

Two of the biggest issues in that 2014 edition were the condition of North Coast Road at Point Turton, and the possibility of a rate cap on councils.

Fast forward to today, and the same concerns remain. Yorke Peninsula Council has made several attempts to improve North Coast Road, including a rebuild a couple of years ago which cost more than $1million.

Despite these efforts, the road remains shocking. My then-pregnant wife and I took a trip along North Coast Road earlier in the summer.

Within a few metres I mentioned the trip could bring on labour – I was only half joking — and made a mental note to avoid the road at all costs once we had a baby on board.

Rate capping was a Liberal Party election promise in 2014 and is again now.The policy is popular with a lot of ratepayers, but certainly not with the councils charging the rates.

The Local Government Association is fighting the proposal, although its position appears weaker than it was back in 2014 due to various scandals relating to council spending.

No Yorke Peninsula councils have been caught up in these scandals, although continual rate rises exceeding CPI have caused concern among many locals. Even if you are for a rate cap, the policy creates another potential concern.

It takes decisions away from local government and therefore ratepayers who elect councillors to manage their communities’ budgets. It is heartening to know locals are willing to remain passionate for as long as it takes – at least four years in the case of these examples.

It would be even better if the issues could be resolved. Here’s hoping we’re not still talking about North Coast Road or rate capping in another four years’ time.

Nick Perry, Editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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