Where’s the thrift?

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

LET it be told sim­ply and in plain lan­guage coun­cil­lors must un­der­stand, “many ratepay­ers think this cur­rent Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil un­der the lead­er­ship of “nice guy” Mayor For­man, has sub­stan­tially lost its way. For ex­am­ple, where is the thrift and sort out via ex­ten­sive au­dit he promised prior to elec­tion, and in­stead we res­i­dents see only a con­tin­u­a­tion of the same old un­sus­tain­able rate in­creases well above the level of in­fla­tion­ary pres­sures. Clearly all can un­der­stand the bur­den of bal­anc­ing com­pet­ing in­ter­ests in­clud­ing the pol­i­tick­ing of var­i­ous coun­cil­lors, yet if ever was a time to wield the scis­sors in “cut­ting ones suit to avail­able cloth” then it is now! Busi­ness is strug­gling, farm­ers are in dif­fi­cul­ties, those on fixed in­comes (pen­sion­ers, se­niors, un­der­em­ployed etc) are do­ing it tough, yet coun­cil goes blithely on spend­ing our money on un­nec­es­sary pro­grams, fid­dling with plan­ning is­sues etc, and this in­stead of de­vel­op­ing a fru­gal, fi­nan­cially care­ful regime fo­cused on com­plet­ing main­stream projects aimed at pro­vid­ing wide­spread good com­mu­nity out­comes.



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