Shire of Broome election: Desiree Male
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 ensure good governance and performance in relation to the shires delivery of its services on behalf of its residents and ratepayers. Councillors can set and change local government policies and are responsible for sensible financial management and resource control. Councillors are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the shire. Councillors are elected to represent their constituents in all matters at a local government level. Councillors also have a role in ensuring the local government is carrying out its functions efficiently and effectively.
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?
Consult,, consult, consult! Make sure all potentially effected local retailers are fully aware of the program and look at ways to minimise disruption which will stop people coming to Chinatown and spending money during works. I am concerned that if works are carried out during the high season, Chinatown businesses will be badly affected as this is the time most businesses make most of their money.
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 work closely with these communities to understand their concerns and management of increased traffic to the region. We need to streamline the processes and governance that is required with such approvals and assist and support them to become self sustainable by increasing their revenue income earning capabilities.
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?.
Economic growth for the sake of growth is not necessarily beneficial to the community. However, growth that provides more and better jobs, infrastructure and real opportunities for the community should be supported. Unfortunately, small regional towns like Broome currently rely very heavily on the government sector and government supported "not for profits" to generate economic activity. Until we can establish a growing and vibrant private industry base as well, sustainable growth will be difficult to achieve while maintaining a good standard of living. I believe council must continue to focus on creating the right environment to encourage private sector growth to expand opportunities particularly for the youth of Broome. We need to make Broome the capital regional centre of the North!
Q. Do you have a plan (or ideas) for lobbying more support from state and federal government?
I was born here. I feel very fortunate to have grown up in such a diverse vibrant community and wouldn't have it any other way. It's a unique place with a unique lifestyle. It's the lifestyle that so many others dream about.
Q. What celebrity do you most identify with, and why?
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