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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

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