COUNCIL POWER STRUGGLE
We have lost the old Mowbray River Bridge, so should we now lose our council CEO.
As the Mayor pointed out in the Gazette (February 18) the CEO, under section 60 of the Local Government Act 2009, has the power to construct, improve and maintain roads and bridges and that “there is no doubt that the CEO has the power to direct certain work be done on certain bridge structures to render it safe”.
So what happened in June 2015? This report on the bridge recorded that the bridge was in “fair” condition, but failed on safety.
Should the bridge have been attended to then? And if so, would we still have it today?
Was there any attention to rendering it safe at this time?
Did the CEO instruct work to be carried out immediately to make repairs?
Has the CEO failed in her duty of care to the community?
Is the CEO in breach of her contract by perhaps letting this iconic council asset fall into disrepair?
Was the CEO transparent or secretive in her actions to demolish the bridge?
I believe public safety was her main concern, but where was this concern in June 2015?
Did we not matter then? I believe that we may have had more than one “possible catastrophic failure”. The question is now, do we really want another?
Councillors, you alone have the power to stop this from ever happening again. Please act responsibly.
Michael Johnston, Port Douglas