ALLOW me to join the escalating chorus of outrage over the Bundaberg Regional Council’s distribution of millions of ratepayer dollars to developers and giant corporations. The $2 million contribution to the Masters debacle is one such example with another reported $1.8 million to the Bunnings relocation. Time for answers. Who got this money and why? How was it spent and what arrangements exist to pay it back? This council is renowned for its shonky dealings. The Barolin St debacle springs to mind. Then there’s the showgrounds disaster, the comedy of errors with the sewage treatment plant, and who could forget the turtle roundabout disaster that cost a fortune and now looks like a section of scrub land? How many other instances are there of ratepayers’ money being used to profit developers and big business? Is it any wonder this district has one of the highest rate charges in Queensland? And it will keep getting worse under the mismanagement of the current regime. The only money governments ever have comes from taxpayers. There can never be any excuse for them, from the federal level down, to give it away to giant corporations, miners and developers to increase their bottom line. Then have the audacity to declare tax increases to pay for their unethical stupidity. This council needs a commission of inquiry into its abuse of taxpayers’ money and the books should be thrown open to public scrutiny. Bundaberg and district can no longer afford this circus of fools. None of them are worthy of re-election.
B Barry, Bundaberg
B Barry This council needs a commission of inquiry into its abuse of taxpayers’ money and the books should be thrown open to public scrutiny.