Coun­cil needs good man­agers

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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