Mayoral candidate Kim Olsen
Mayoral candidate Kim Olsen

Kim Olsen

HIS POSITION:

I would love to promise that rates can be reduced but will assess how that can be done

with more information, study and observation.

The decisions of elected members will be implemented by the senior staff resulting in more

efficient use of money.

I think we need better roads in higher use places.

The senior staff and elected people will listen better to you and respond to enquiries.

Council will remember it is here to serve people.

I will work for a reliable water supply for Stanthorpe and lobby to protect our tourism and

agriculture from the likes of CSG.

 

HIS BIOGRAPHY:

I have served on the WCC as alderman.

Achieved a BEngineering from University of Queensland.

Have owned and operated a business in Warwick.

Ex Chamber of Commerce president.

I am 4th generation resident.

Been chairperson of the uncle project which is a mentoring program for boys.

Was on the consultative committee for the Community vision plan.

Listening, integrity, honesty and team building are on a solid foundation with me.

I understand all age groups and am about facilitating connecting in the community.

I will in all-ways be open and available while offering an inspired, inclusive, open style of

leadership.

 

 

FORUM QUESTIONS

 

  •  There is a concern about bureaucratic control stifling the power of
     

council. What way is there to stop top management from having so
much control? Is the red tape in the planning department stopping
development? Does the CEO have too much power?

The CEO is not being the direction to implement council policy. The change in the way we do business both with business and residents needs to change from the CEO down. We need to put people before procedures.

  • CSG issue. Would you as mayors move to protect the region? Do you see opportunities for this region to benefit from CSG or only dangers?

Yes i would protect the region I can see no benefits from CSG and there has been none shown anywhere in the world in hindsight. Food production and tourism are clearly preferred by the community and ultimately the decision will be one or the other.

  •  The key to a successful team is its members. Pick your team of eight councillors with a brief explanation of why. Pick your deputy. Who wouldn't you have?

The deputy would be the one who gets the highest vote. All would be good to work with. I have a preference for a diverse team. I can inspire and build teamwork and loyalty that is not an issue.
 

  • What would be your five specific priorities in your first 100 days after election

1. Building teamwork within from the CEO down.
2. Building teamwork in the elected team honouring all desires.
3. Getting my head around the budget looking for a rise of no more than 5%.
4. Understanding the proposals and way the council staff present to the council. Sorting through the jargon to get what it is about. Not taking things on face value.
5. Continue to be out listening to people, I won't lose touch.
 

  • How would you support and encourage council and the wider community to shop locally? What do you think about the current shop local campaign? How would you address the issue of Warwick businesses being used for Stanthorpe jobs and vice versa?

I am not convinced the shop local campaign is working. I think we need to listen more to the business owners and the public about what would work.
The council should shop locally wherever realistic. I see the credit card system working well for small purchases and more consultation with local businesses regarding larger purchases is needed, maybe the 10% advantage for local could be stretched to 15%.
I think it should be fairly spread throughout the region and sometimes that means Stanthorpe, allora businesses would also get work in Warwick and vice versa.
I will keep a close eye on this.
 

  • There is a fear council jobs in the south are being whittled down by natural attrition and indeed the office could close. What will you do to ensure council jobs still exist in Stanthorpe?

Council jobs will stay in Stanthorpe this is integral to how the council
will work.

 

  •  What is your opinion on deamalgamation?

If we are offered a study to see the feasibility and cost we will take it and answer the questions people want to know.


• There was an obscene rate rise in last budget. Was it acceptable, what would you do to ensure no more of the same?

No. It should be capped at 6% or lower. A clear answer will come when I get my head around the figures.

  • What do you think council needs to do to facilitate business and help business growth in the region?

 Listen to the business people they have opinions and ideas.

 

  •  WIRAC would you privatise. Mowing of sports fields in either end of region?

Wirac is a necessary thing, it did not need to be made so elaborate but that is the past. Privatising parts could run it more efficiently however council would still need to subsidise to some extent. Mowing should be consistent and  trade off between supporting groups and doing every thing for them needs to be struck.

 

  •  Tourism. What do you think of the current tourism structure? What is your vision for tourism in the region?

It is one of the keys to the region and needs to be supported and protected.

  •  What parts of the community plan would you implement as a priority? How would you do so? Have you read the community plan?


The plan sits above all council decisions and well represents the community desires and values so will affect every decision. It will all be planned for. Yes in fact I was involved in the group that wrote it.

  • How would you cut the budget? Do you have the economic skills to put together a budget in such a short period of time?


Until I see what is committed in terms of expenditure including wages and get my head around it all it is hard to comment. I would look for cost cutting and delays where possible. We must make it easier for those ratepayers who are struggling. Yes I do have the understanding and skills. I have understood businesses I have been involved in and the council budgets in the past. I also did about half a commerce degree in the late 1970s,

 

  •   Which council sporting fields/facilities/complexes within our region should council maintain as part of its community obligations.


This has been answered above.
 

  • Have you recently been to a Southern Downs Council meeting? If so, what did you learn, if not how do you know what to expect from your job?

I have not and am more interested in how I will run the meetings. Also I have been working full-time. I have been an alderman on the old Warwick City Council so it is not new to me.

 

  •  Your biggest achievement in the last four years and biggest mistake.


Finding me in full. Not doing so earlier.

 

  •  Why should we vote for you?


I will manage the council responsibly and make the changes to the way we do business that will set us up for a long time. I have the health, way of being, commitment, people skills and the experience to ensure results.


 

  •  Tell us your vision for the region.

A place where people will choose to live because it is desirable. A region where community is not just a concept but is real.

* These answers have not been edited 


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