Process must run its course

Sunshine Coast Daily - - OPINION -

HAV­ING re­ceived se­ri­ous crit­i­cism about some of its con­sul­ta­tion pro­cesses it would ap­pear un­rea­son­able to con­demn Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil for the man­ner in which it is pro­gress­ing to a de­ci­sion on the fu­ture man­age­ment of the Ma­roochy River mouth.

The coun­cil was over­whelmed by the amount of com­mu­nity angst over its plans to use rock to sta­bilise sand at the south­ern en­trance and re­acted by run­ning a se­ries of pub­lic fo­rums and then es­tab­lish­ing a com­mit­tee from the com­mu­nity to con­sider for­mal sub­mis­sions.

For­mer Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Wayne Swan, a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate for re­tain­ing the ex­ist­ing geo­tex­tile groynes, may be right that sev­eral coun­cil­lors have pre-de­ter­mined views favour­ing rock and his own that the ex­ist­ing struc­tures best suit the use the com­mu­nity makes of the area.

How­ever the de­ci­sion to de­lay un­til the new year the dead­line for the com­mit­tee’s fi­nal rec­om­men­da­tions makes sense.

It’s un­der­stand­able and re­spect­ful to give the over­whelm­ing num­ber of sub­mis­sions full con­sid­er­a­tion so that the depth of opin­ion can be re­flected in the com­mit­tee’s re­port.

It is to be hoped that all coun­cil­lors, in­clud­ing those who now may be of fixed view, show it equal re­spect in their fi­nal vote. It is to be hoped also they ac­cept that there is a money value on what their ratepay­ers like which in terms of the sta­tus quo is not at all ex­pen­sive to main­tain.

What­ever the fi­nal vote the process to date has been ro­bust.

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