Ratepay­ers’ money

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

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.

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