Webb’s vi­sion de­serv­ing of our ap­plause

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

BRAD Webb de­serves the grat­i­tude of ev­ery Townsville res­i­dent.

The self- made mil­lion­aire ap­plied his no- non­sense com­mon sense to cut through a chal­lenge that has proved be­yond politi­cians and bu­reau­crats for more than three decades – securing our city’s wa­ter.

As chair­man of the Townsville Wa­ter Se­cu­rity Task­force he was handed a chal­ice long poi­soned by the toxic blame game that our var­i­ous lev­els of gov­ern­ment have played.

Yet in a mat­ter of months he man­aged to strad­dle th­ese war­ring in­ter­ests to de­liver a re­port that has al­ready won bi­par­ti­san sup­port at a state level.

That is some re­sult. When the task­force was formed there was no money and ques­tion­able po­lit­i­cal will to fix this cri­sis.

Now not only is the money there – guar­an­teed by both ma­jor par­ties – we now have agree­ment from the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment to get crack­ing as soon as pos­si­ble.

“We’ve got the $ 225 mil­lion on the ta­ble. It’s ready to go,’’ Mund­ing­burra MP and Min­is­ter As­sist­ing the Premier on North Queens­land Co­ralee O’Rourke said yes­ter­day.

“Brad said he’s keen to go to­mor­row and we will work very closely with coun­cil to make sure this hap­pens as soon as pos­si­ble.’’

Ms O’Rourke also sup­ported Mr Webb’s call to use lo­cal work­ers and busi­nesses for the job. The beauty of Mr Webb’s lo­cal con­tent call is that, as a re­spected and highly suc­cess­ful lo­cal man­u­fac­turer, he has cred­i­bil­ity on the is­sue of what our in­dus­try is ca­pa­ble of.

If Mr Webb says we can do it, it’s a good bet that we can. His sug­ges­tion that we break the pipe­line project into smaller parts to en­able North Queens­land- based Tier 2 and Tier 3 firms to do the work is a sound one.

It is also a sug­ges­tion that per­haps our CBD sta­dium’s lead con­trac­tor, Wat­pac, is no doubt con­sid­er­ing as it ap­proaches the time to award ten­ders for var­i­ous as­pects of the project.

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