Pare it down

John Landers wants more services or lower rates.
John Landers wants more services or lower rates.

John ‘Dodge’ Landers is among ratepayers dismayed by what they see as unjustified rates increases, given what he considers to be a lack of council services to his smallholding 10 kilometres out on Mt Lindesay Rd.

“I get absolutely no council services whatsoever,” he said.

“I’m 200 metres off the road and I had to put in the gravel access road and maintain it.”

With a few successful businesses under his belt, Mr Landers would like to see a more business-like attitude taken towards the running of council despite it not operating in a supply-and-demand market and therefore at risk of losing ‘customers’ due to price hikes.

Mr Landers said he managed a couple of cane farms at Woodburn which turned over $1.6 million, and it cost him only $250,000 to do so, so he knows what he’s talking about.

He’d like to see a return to the old days when his uncle Terry Landers was town clerk in the 1970’s, with himself, a health inspector, an electrical inspector, ‘and a couple of office girls’ running Tenterfield Municipal Council.

“They need to have a look at why they’re not making money,” he said.

“I’d like to see them have a look at staffing levels in the offices. They’ve got to get out in the real world.”