IT IS now very clear why we’ve got 18-100% increase in rates across the region and facing a $16.5m budget deficit. WRC’s roadshow has finally identified the water and sewerage plants will cost $106m.
Barely a year ago, Mayor Jennifer sent us our “biggest budget adopted in WRC history” home glossy.
“In my first budget, I am confident with the direction of the council” she lauded the accompanying notice “$85m to build W and S by mid-2013”.
Yet CEO Scott replies; “no that was wrong John”.
So then who is responsible CEO Scott and Mayor Jennifer, for the now declared “$25m capital overspend (including Airlie Beach) in the last 15 months and roadshow declared $30m unspent from 2011 NDRRA, that just six months ago you said $85m was available.
The loss of this huge $30m potential road money injection into the local contractor economy when it needed it most, is just as unforgivable as these overspends.
Forget about the complaints of rewarding WRC employees with a few $’s of Saturday overtime on NDRRA, this roadshow shows this WRC has lost it when it comes to effectively managing our “millions”.
When you add this to the $18m “without-a-whimper-debt-concession” by this regime to allow a farcical CMC investigation/blame game of the past regime’s $18 overspend on $160m of “free” road money they delivered, $2.5m of blatant employee overspends in 2012-13, we’ve got $75m+ racked up by this inexperienced WRC.
Isn’t it about time all this current WRC regime faced up to its own gross financial mismanagement?
Public apathy to WRRA/Chris Monsour’s efforts to hold them accountable, forecasts a long two and a half year wait. John Barnes BOWEN