The cost of Mr Wallace’s survey could be handed over to the Council to repair the pot holes in the roads, which still exist post-Cyclone Yasi
I AM appalled by the Member for Thuringowa Craig Wallace’s latest attempt to renege on a promised commitment to our city by distracting voters’ attention toward his regular whipping horse, Cr Les Tyrell, the Council and the rates issue ( State rates ‘ stunt’, Convention Centre funding in doubt, TB, March 26-27). What is Cr Tyrell’s crime? A diligent attempt to manage the costs associated with the State Government’s imposed amalgamation of the two council’s, including the costs of the i nfrastructure r equired t o future-proof our rapidly growing city. There is only one source for the necessary funds – the ratepayers of this city, unless the state and/ or federal governments are forthcoming with additional funding.
What is Mr Wallace’s crime? Hypocrisy in the third degree.
To the Minister for Main Roads, I point out that having visited many third-world countries over the past few years, their roads are equal to or better than our national highway in North Queensland, which, quite frankly, is a national disgrace.
If our three representatives, Wallace, Lindy Nelson-Carr and Mandy Johnstone levelled the same grievances and as much hyperbole toward their state Labor government we would have first-class, floodproofed roads, we would have a better, more reliable rail network, we would have a noncongested hospital and reasonable waiting times, we would have reduced costs for electricity and housing.
What adds insult to injury is Mr Wallace’s attempt to achieve a political outcome through the distribution of a flyer at taxpayers’ expense.
I suggest that a more relevant and discerning survey would be to ask the ratepayers of this city if they are happy to spend their hard-earned dollars on this insidious nonsense.
Another suggestion: The cost of Mr Wallace’s survey could be handed over to the Council to repair the pot holes in the roads, which still exist postCyclone Yasi.
What I and many others in this community are looking for in our elected representatives is a commitment to their stated values and promises, good honest work ethics in their ministerial positions and a fair-dinkum attitude toward their constituents. To this end the NSW election result gives people like myself hope.
We are looking for less spin ( a form of deceit) and less political action such as this flyer drop which is disingenuous and an insult to our collective intelligence.