The Ensign put a call out to the community via Facebook last week, asking what policies and initiatives they feel are most important in the run up to October's local government elections.
We had a variety of responses, and some themes.
Footpaths in Baddaginnie and a bike path to Benalla.
Fix up our roads there a... disgrace, also stop wasting money on things we don't need, (and) get rid of the dead wood that's there now.
Paying attention to the needs and requirements of the entire rural city and not just Benalla itself. Listen to, and take seriously, the concerns and complaints of residents. Many have lived in their homes/towns/communities for (more than) 30 years and know better than the council what is needed.
Infrastructure. Residents have to complain way too many times before dangerous roads, footpaths, trees (and) gutters... are fixed and amazingly every time you call they have no record of your previous complaints. The council seems incapable to keep their paperwork in order. They can't even get the animal registrations right.
Footpaths and gutters.