GRASSROOTS: Mayoral candidate Joanne Marshall is keen to bring a grassroots focus to local government.Former councillor Joanne Marshall believes she can bring a unique focus to the role of Mayor if elected.
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Mrs Marshall acknowledged that the ‘state of play’ in Whyalla has changed due to the Arrium crisis, but said the everyday concerns of ratepayers should be a major focus of the Whyalla City Council.

“The council plays an important role at that grassroots level, it can obviously lobby government and industries but it can’t forget the basic reasons why it’s in place as well,” she said.

“It still provides those community services which help us with our everyday life, we can’t lose sight of that, that’s very important.”

“I’m calling on ratepayers and the community to let me know what their everyday concerns are, it’s interesting because the range of issues people have are very diverse.”

Mrs Marshall said while Arrium’s struggles had taken centre stage in Whyalla, attending to the community’s smaller issues was still important.

“Yes it’s important that we advocate to keep our steelworks and our mining industry absolutely, but for me it’s always been about sustainability,” she said.

“We don’t want a boom and bust cycle which will oftenleave you with a crisis, we want to grow our population,employment andhealth services, so we need to bring more family into town.”

“It’s something which has been overshadowed because there’s a major crisis happening, but you have to plan for the future with a potentially reduced population and what kind ofimpact that will have.”

Mrs Marshall said she understoodthe need for council’s recent rate increase of 1.9 per cent but suggested they should consider cutting expenditure.

“Lets look at how we can lessen than expenditure, having been in business I have hadto cut to the bone in order to be solvent,” she said.

“People are in pain, ifthere some way that we can halt a raterisewe should be looking at that for the next financial year.”

“We need to go through everything with a fine tooth comb and look at where we can make some savings.”

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