Mall project a strain on bud­get

The Queensland Times - - NEWS OPINION - — GRA­HAM DOU­GLAS East­ern Heights

IN THE QT of Fri­day 29 Septem­ber 2017 we learn the Ip­swich City Coun­cil has revised its plans for the Ip­swich City Mall prop­erty de­vel­op­ment and is to delete a small lawn be­cause it would have cost an es­ti­mated $5 mil­lion!

This is an in­di­ca­tion of the poor plan­ning that has gone into this un­jus­ti­fi­able mall prop­erty de­vel­op­ment project.

Past es­ti­mates of the cost have been up to $150 mil­lion. What will be the to­tal blow-out in cost for the whole project if a lawn is now es­ti­mated to be im­prac­ti­cal be­cause of cost?

Clearly coun­cil­lors are not good at prop­erty de­vel­op­ment, nor should they be. Their re­spon­si­bil­ity is to rep­re­sent the cit­i­zens with in­tegrity, trans­parency and com­mit­ment to in­clu­sive com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment.

Now is the time for the Coun­cil to stop own­ing its prop­erty de­vel­op­ment com­pany Ip­swich City Prop­er­ties and stop this un­nec­es­sary Mall project be­fore it wastes more ratepay­ers money and bankrupts the Coun­cil.

PHOTO: ROB WIL­LIAMS

Murphy's Town Pub is un­der­go­ing ma­jor work as part of the CBD up­grades.

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