Masters claim false
Mayor slams rumours of payments
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.
NOT TRUE: The mayor has refuted claims millions of dollars were paid to developers and Woolworths.