MP’s reactions are ‘knee-jerk’
LATELY our state member for Gympie has been rather negative and making knee-jerk comments complaining about knee-jerk reactions from the council, including about waste management. His image seems to be of councillors in board meetings who do not get out to listen.
As a councillor I listened in the middle of last year to residents who complained about our waste management charges. The council spent about a year debating our waste management fees and charges and how to ensure our tips and transfer stations are safe and environmentally friendly.
It is fine for residents to disagree with the decisions the council made. But the decisions were not “knee-jerk reactions”.
Most residents will pay less for waste management services. Those who create more waste, and therefore cost the council and the community more, will pay more. Residents have told me that is fair.
Great things are happening in our community. It is a privilege to work with council staff, organisations and individuals to help build a better community.
On Wednesday night it was fantastic to announce which local artists, young, old and in between, won awards in the Rush Art Festival. This was possible because the council and community worked together to help build a vibrant arts community.
It is easy to spout lines about “knee-jerk reactions” and making uninformed complaints. It is far better to work cooperatively across governments, businesses, groups and individuals to make Gympie an even better community. — Cr Dan Stewart East Deep Creek
Decision ‘very poor’
COUNCILLORS who voted down a change of use application by Widgee Engineering need to have a long, hard look at themselves and the people and region they (claim to) represent.
To impose huge relocation costs on a viable local business (which actually has many employees – fancy that) located at arm’s length from just about everything or to force that business to close is a very poor decision. — Dave Phillips, Gympie
THIS is a letter recently sent to my councillor, Daryl Dodt, and Mayor Mick Curran:
“I refer to recent charges levied upon ratepayers using the Bonnick Rd tip.
“Apart from exorbitant rates that I currently pay for a modest home in Gympie, rates which are much higher than my brother’s $1 million residence in Terrigal, NSW, I have now been slugged with tip fees, fees which I have read are for a service which was having no difficulties financially prior to their implementation.
“In other councils that charge much less for rates per annum, those ratepayers are given a green waste bin. This is something Gympie does not have and now it seems an added tax will be imposed upon ratepayers without a green waste bin.
“With the storm and growth season coming I am sure the council CEO will be rubbing his hands with glee with the financial windfall that will result from residents with green waste littering their yards needing access to the tip. When will we be receiving our green waste bins?
“Another issue is the new and unnecessary pool facility. On two 35-degreeplus days in the last week of the school holidays I took my three children to the pool. Can you explain why the children’s water area was closed at 4.30pm, when the temperature was still above 35 degrees and many parents were just arriving after work?
“Can you explain why the slide, which I paid $18 for just under an hour’s use by my three children, was closed at just 4pm?
“Could you explain why I cannot buy a yearly pass to the pool as I did at the old pool? Can you explain why I can only buy weekly passes, which will cost me hundreds of dollars more to use than the old pool – not to mention that I as a ratepayer paid for the new facility and I get no additional benefits over a user of the facility who is a non-resident?
“Can you also supply me the cost to ratepayers of the two metal ‘sculptures’ in Smithfield St, which serve no purpose whatsoever and are now rapidly tarnishing?” — L Cook, Gympie
Libs can do better
AS WE spent $122 million on a ballot on marriage, can we afford another vote? Can we have a vote on Tony Abbott just shutting up?
Sure, he’s an ex-PM but one who only got there by loudly screaming slogans to make another PM unelectable?
It didn’t take long for the public to see through him once he got in a position to fail to lead, the one thing he did well.
Yet, on the back of being good at negativity and hopeless at leading, we allow him to speak his utter rot on climate change and social issues, to a point beyond laughable, which should embarrass all but those totally blinded by ideology and idiocy far beyond that our current PM accuses his opponents of.
Worse may come now Abbott’s rabid right wing realises he won’t return as PM. They’re grooming Peter Dutton for that role, on the back of baseless claims of a great job on immigration.
In reality he’s achieved little but inherit Morrison’s ploys but is often seen as having done “well” simply by being nasty and bullying beyond precedent in Australian government.
He did, quietly, agree out of court to pay $75 million in compensation to the refugees he used as political traction but other than reciting Labor blame in increasingly boisterous bellows he’s far from having sorted out “Labor’s mess” of four-plus years ago.
Dutton will never captain any Team Australia I could play for. I refuse to accept we’re a country which so highly regards such pure nastiness as his.
If Turnbull is too weak to lead against Abbott and his loonies on marriage or climate or energy and so wastes money on a vote Dutton created, could he please allow the public a vote on if Abbott, Dutton and the few other 1970s kickbacks shouldn’t shut up so he can finally to govern?
If we don’t stop the pathetic internal LNP power plays we may end up with Peter Dutton PM. If voters want shrill nonsense they can vote for One Nation.
As a long-standing party the Liberals should be able to do better than lower themselves to that, or Queensland LNP, level. — Dave Freeman, Cedar Pocket
SAY: Councillor Dan Stewart.