POLLING A WASTE OF MONEY
IT’S extravagant that ratepayers have coughed up in excess of $500,000 in a futile series of phone and online surveys to assess Brisbane City Council’s performance in an election year (C-M, Aug 10).
All they had to do was canvas the “man on the street” for a day.
For council to spend $836,821 on “market research” in the 2019-20 financial year, on surveys that reached just 12,000 residents – less than 1 per cent of the council’s
1.25 million constituents – is a waste of time and ratepayers’ money.
On this rare occasion, I must agree with controversial Greens councillor Jonathan Sri when he said the cost and reach of the surveys was “deeply concerning” saying, “Ward offices can get hundreds of residents to fill out more detailed surveys and we don't need to pay a marketing consultancy $30,000 a pop to do it.”
As an unsteady septuagenarian, I could easily fill a page of grievances against Brisbane City Council, such as unrepaired and uneven city footpaths and erratic scooters for starters.
Rudolf Bojtschuk, Brisbane City