I HOPE that the 700 people protesting at the rumoured closure of the Bowen Council offices in Bowen are aware of the counterproductive implications of their objections.
If the motive behind the feared closure and job cuts is for the purpose of cost saving by reducing duplication and improving efficiency, ratepayers should be supporting such moves - not opposing them.
The primary objective of the council should be to provide services to the community in the most cost effective manner.
With the current dire financial position there is no room for excessive overheads and top-heavy administration and overly-generous remuneration.
Like other struggling businesses, the responsible action for the council is to cut costs where necessary, reduce non-essential services and streamline the workforce so that our rates are used to the optimum benefit of all ratepayers. Graeme Douglas SHUTE HARBOUR