Why leave Ipswich City Properties?
I AM intrigued by Mayor Andrew Antoniolli’s commitment to closing only three out of the four Ipswich City Council-owned companies, (QT Friday, September 15).
If this is as far as he intends to go, then it is simply fiddling at the edges of the problem, real or perceived. The core of the problem, the council ownership of Ipswich City Properties (ICP) will apparently continue.
It is ICP that carries the greatest financial burden and which is responsible for the greatest level of development activity.
It is ICP that carries the greatest perception of conflicts of interest for those councillors and City officials who constitute its board.
At the very least, the ownership of ICP by Ipswich City Council casts a shadow on the integrity of the development approval process, since the owners of ICP are also responsible for approving its development applications.
I wonder whether the QT can persuade Mayor Antoniolli, in this new era of transparency, to tell the public if ICP will survive as a City-owned enterprise and the reasons, if any, for this survival.
After all, I thought that the business of local government bodies was governing, not property development.
SHUTTING DOWN: Mayor Andrew Antoniolli has committed to shutting three of the four council-owned companies.