No checks and bal­ances in coun­cil de­ci­sion- mak­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

THIS is a com­ment from a con­cerned ratepayer fol­low­ing an ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle by Shari Tagli­abue ( TB, 5/ 8).

The high­lighted in­de­ci­sion stems from the last lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion? Elected, a team to­tally united, ex­pec­ta­tion “now we can get things done?” Re­sult – no checks and bal­ances from op­po­si­tion opin­ions. Fo­cus – get bot­tom line in or­der. Method – em­ploy­ing to­tal FIFO ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment team hav­ing no lo­cal con­tent with any his­tor­i­cal ties to city and re­gion to pro­vide checks and bal­ances.

Re­sult – con­sul­ta­tion with com­mu­nity is used as de­lay­ing tac­tic and then ig­nored? Ex­cuse – what do they know, they’re only ratepay­ers – “We know best” with­out the op­tion of de­bate.

The sce­nario – bot­tom line fixed – one dump face us­able for 15 years, no bus shel­ter, no new cre­ative job devel­op­ments, no water se­cu­rity to sup­ply houses be­ing built around where our tips used to be leav­ing the EPA no al­ter­na­tive than deem the site “un­suit­able” and an ex­ec­u­tive team head­ing for our new FIFO air­port to FO to their next bot­tom- line as­sign­ment.

End re­sult – pen­sion­ers hit with a petty rev­enue- rais­ing scheme for their com­pan­ions, home builders hit with an­other ex­tra cost in waste dis­posal fees. Ratepay­ers lose ratepayer sub­sidised tip vouch­ers cre­at­ing ex­tra costs but given a “clay­tons” rate re­duc­tion which ben­e­fits those pay­ing late an ac­tual re­duc­tion, in­fra­struc­ture de­ci­sions de­layed for mean­ing­less pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion and a re­struc­ture led by a FIFO ex­ec­u­tive which loses, through re­dun­dan­cies, those with crit­i­cal knowl­edge of our age­ing in­fra­struc­ture, while re­tain­ing that ego­tis­ti­cal at­ti­tude of hav­ing no re­spect for the views of a highly knowl­edge­able com­mu­nity. JOHN JAUNCEY,


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