16. Catherine McCulloch


16. Catherine McCulloch

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What services do you believe are most important for the Territory? Food, water, energy, shelter. That’s what is important to everyone. Compromise people’s access to these four and that’s when you get disgruntled community members. After that it’s health care, aged care, infrastructure, transport, policing and schools.
How can the Government deliver current services more efficiently or in ways that better meet the needs of our community?Stop or delay spending money on things that are ‘nice to haves’ for example the arts and sport. I am an artist so I get that this is a radical idea. Just for one year tell these groups that they need to fund themselves and put the saved money towards an essential project in a priority area.

Spend more time surveying the community and then meet them face to face. For example I bet a single parent or pensioner can tell you a lot about making savings, how to cut corners to get something done and what’s essential. This website is a good example of an opportunity to speak and be heard. However it still assumes that we have access to a computer/mobile device and an internet connection. These things are still luxuries for a lot of people.
Are there particular services that you think the Government should stop delivering or should deliver in a different way?Funding for commercial business, arts, sports etc. If the community want to participate they will fund it themselves. Why should someone else’s taxes pay for me to enjoy an exhibition or game? There are bigger priorities.
What new ideas, services or programs should the Government consider to meet emerging or evolving community needs?More resources/services for in-home medical care and for the elderly to safely stay in their own home. This includes exercise and nutrition services to keep them healthy and out of our hospitals and on less medication.

More research into how to get people out of their cars and into public transport. Especially given the number of 5 seater cars with one person in them.

Actively having a wholistic program to reduce Canberra’s carbon footprint. Including less cars, renewable fuels and more green spaces.