People power the winner
TOWNSVILLE City Council Watch Group has labelled yesterday’s decision as a win for the Townsville people who have rallied tirelessly for change.
The group formed shortly after a successful grassroots campaign by which ratepayers rallied to overturn the decision.
Group member Jonathan Mehigan said the decision was proof that people power s t o o d s t r o n g i n N o r t h Queensland.
‘‘ The voice from the people of Townsville has finally been heard, and comes as a major backdown from the council on this issue,’’ he said.
‘ ‘ T h i s i s what c a n b e achieved when people get behind one another and call those who are responsible for bad policies to account by means of public pressure.
‘‘ I believe it is now an opportunity for the council to invite public discussion and c o n s u l t a t i o n i n r e g a r d s to future budget considerations.’’