"Rowella Hall is a beautiful old building that started life in Beaconsfield, and was then moved by bullock cart to its current location many years ago. It has recently been renovated and has a stage and a new floor and good facilities - let's use it!
We need to advance businesses in our area to see the West Tamar flourish and reach its full potential. With the advent of the NBN there are even more opportunities for businesses to succeed here - communications should not be an issue any more.
Amalgamation has become a controversial topic. Any benefits for the ratepayers of the West Tamar should of course be considered but these are yet to come to light.
Legana is a rapidly expanding area and it's vital that development is carefully managed. The area currently lacks a 'heart' – somewhere for local residents to meet for recreation and activities that bring them together.
Challenges in the past have been the combination of major roads and intersection with a shopping zone - how to combine these safely without compromising traffic flow. Future plans will address the possibility of re-routing some traffic and create a new activity hub which will take pressure off the main road, while keeping the 'village' atmosphere.
Richard Ireland is a member of the Exeter Recreation Centre committee.
Richard Ireland has instigated a review of Council's purchasing policy to ensure best value for money is always achieved.
Costs are always going up, rate income in our area is also increasing as more house are built – but not as fast as costs, so it’s inevitable that your rates will increase. The only way to slow this is to make council more efficient. The Council's Audit and Finance Committee is one vehicle by which we can take a fresh perspective on how we manage costs, and I'm keen for this work to show some results.
As part of council’s efficiency program, Richard Ireland is advocating for a review of Council's energy usage and improvements upon the organisation's carbon footprint.
Legana Agri-business Hub
I want to encourage businesses to locate to a new agri-food precinct on Council owned land alongside the Legana Park industrial area:
West Tamar is famous for its farm produce and wine. What better place to bring it altogether in a producer precinct where ideas can be bounced around, at the same time as bringing tourists and locals to a new attraction.