Masters claim false

Mayor slams ru­mours of pay­ments

Isis Town and Country - - News -

CLAIMS that Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil paid de­vel­op­ers and Wool worths mil­lions of dol­lars in the failed bid to at­tract Masters to the Bund­aberg re­gion are to­tally false and bor­der­ing on ma­li­cious, Mayor Mal For­man says.

Cr For­man said he was dis­ap­pointed at a per­sis­tent cam­paign by a few vo­cal dis­senters whose sole pur­pose ap­peared to be to be­smirch the rep­u­ta­tion of the coun­cil by con­coct­ing and broad­cast­ing the fal­lacy. “I would like to re­it­er­ate to the res­i­dents of the Bund­aberg Re­gion that coun­cil has never de­liv­ered any in­cen­tive to the de­vel­oper or to Wool worths re­gard­ing the pro­posed Masters de­vel­op­ment,” he said. “Fol­low­ing the 2013 flood event coun­cil ap­proved an in­cen­tive plan to at­tract de­vel­op­ment across the re­gion through a Bund­aberg Open for De­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tive.”

The Masters pro­ject was seen as one that could boost lo­cal job op­por­tu­ni­ties and pro­vide a cat­a­lyst for fur­ther com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment at the site and also in other lo­ca­tions across Bund­aberg.

“Un­der the Bund­aberg Open for De­vel­op­ment pro­ject the Masters pro­ject was of­fered in­fra­struc­ture dis­counts of around $1 mil­lion. This in­cen­tive was tied to Masters be­ing sig­nif­i­cantly com­menced by Au­gust 31, 2015, and sig­nif­i­cantly com­pleted by May 31 this year.

“While the start date was met it ap­pears un­likely, given the in­for­ma­tion about Masters be­ing wound up, that the fin­ish date will be achieved and sub­se­quently the in­cen­tive will lapse,” Cr For­man said.

“The only ad­di­tional con­sid­er­a­tion coun­cil pro­vided the Masters pro­ject was a cou­ple of ex­ten­sions of time for them to meet the com­mence­ment dead­line and this was based on the im­por­tance of the pro­ject to the re­gion.”

“The Bund­aberg Open for De­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tive opened in Septem­ber 2013 and closed 12 months later. A to­tal of 93 projects ac­cepted the of­fered in­cen­tives.

PHOTO: BEV LACEY

NOT TRUE: The mayor has re­futed claims mil­lions of dol­lars were paid to de­vel­op­ers and Wool­worths.

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