Shire of Broome election: Catherine Marriott
Written on the 18 October 2017
Broome Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Q. Describe in your own words the core function of the Shire of Broome?
The function of a shire councillor is to represent the community and make decisions in Council meetings that are overall in the public interest. Councillors also have a role in ensuring good governance and performance and that ratepayers money is spent effectively. Another important function is to review policies to ensure they are still as relevant today as they were when first implemented and if not, then they should be changed. Removal of unnecessary red tape is fundamental to creating a modern vibrant local economy. Councillors also have a key role in setting strateigic direction for the Shire.
Q. In the Chamber's recent business survey, 53% of respondents said they do not believe that the Shire is small business friendly. What do you think the Shire of Broome can do to improve conditions and support for local businesses?
The planned changes for Chinatown, once completed, will be a great step forward and provide the backdrop for a range of activities to make the area more vibrant and attractive to locals and tourists. I am concerned about the impact of the construction works on businesses in Chinatown if the works are carried out during the height of the tourist season.
Locals and visitors will not be lining up to shop or browse on a building site. Council must consult closely with the retailers and owners to come up with solutions that will not devastate trading during the high season.
Q. What's your thoughts on the sealing of Cape Leveque Rd, and do you believe this will change the dynamics of business in Broome and the Dampier Peninsula?
We need to consult with the communities and listen to their concerns. Sealing of the road will change the peninsular forever and we cannot afford to get the management plan wrong. The Shire must adopt a "how can we help" approach and find ways to approve rather than reject applications when there is an overall benefit to the community.
Q. Where do you sit in regard to mining and tourism - How do you perceive the balance of these two industries; 50/50, 70/30, 80/20 etc?.
The potential for the region is huge. We have the water, the land, the people and proximity to large markets on our doorstep. We must manage our resources sustainably and this can be achieved despite the inevitable growth potential in the region. Broome has the potential to be the capital of the north as there is no city in the region which has the same great liveability as here. We must though, create an environment that is welcoming to current and new businesses. We must apply best practice processes and procedures to attract and not deter investment. We must also stop waiting for the investment to come to us but rather go and seek that investment from private, state, federal and overseas sources if necessaryit's time to be proactive.
Q. Do you have a plan (or ideas) for lobbying more support from state and federal government?
It has always been my dream to move to the Kimberley and live in Broome.
Q. What celebrity do you most identify with, and why?
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