Council needs good managers
FORMER Whitsunday mayor Mike Brunker is waiting with bated breath for the Crime and Misconduct Commission to call. And so are the Whitsunday and Bowen ratepayers wanting to clear the matter once for all.
Mr Brunker and his administration have recently come under fire. Last week, Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan called Council's newly proposed $140 major projects levy "the Moscow tax", alluding directly to Mr Brunker and his senior staff. Mr Brunker claims that Cr Whitney spent $150,000 on a forensic audit the public were yet to see.
Mr Brunker committed our communities to a very high level of loan repayments and servicing. He changed four cars in four years wasting $250,000. The retainers and fees paid for the Airlie main street project are alarming. Scale fees paid to consultants were not negotiated. For Airlie main street revitalisation alone the fees paid are mind blowing. GHD Engineers were paid $2.1 million, Garry Hunt Architect $900,000 and Place Landscape Design $460,000. Then there is the elusive sports park that Rogin Taylor, with the help of Cr Clark and Cr Ramage, foisted to the council at a cost of $2.5 million.
Finding the exact level of the shire indebtedness and who benefits from it is appropriate. Ratepayers should be more cautious with their vote. Candidates must be worthy of trust and must be known as good money managers. Our council is a $200 million a year corporation and requires expertise and talent. Chris Rabe CANNONVALE