Yanni van Zijl: Fixing Crumbling infrastructure or keeping a budget surplus – What’s more important to you?

Both. I don’t think we need a surplus as much as we need to live within our means and keep rate rises to a minimum. That might mean changing some of the priority areas of spending away from new spending to taking care of what we have.

We have candidates promising all sorts of things that would have to be funded from increased rates or levies or taking funds away from current programmes. I’m not making any promises for spending.

I see the demands of increasing tourism in both the coast and hinterland as a big issue when it comes to infrastructure. How does our small rates base of residents pay for infrastructure for visitors?

Q&A courtesy Open Noosa

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