ROSS Plowman's letter ( Whitsunday Times, March 13), not surprisingly lacks credibility just like his favourite council’s financials.
His “$18m NDRRA overspend” doesn’t relate to 2010/2011 rather it relates to the 2009/2010 programs.
Furthermore his "quick work by council" to pull up on a nonexistent 2012 program saving $30m, relates to 2011.
Unfortunately Ross shows little knowledge of NDRRA process’s (and dates).
The 2011 NDRRA was a far more rigorous engineering/audit and independent of council.
Local Government Infrastructure Services (LGIS) were commissioned to oversee it, engaging GHD, working with a contracted Engineer to compile damage claims.
LGIS evaluated and KPMG audited claims for QRA who approved a “recommended value” for Council. Like Mr Harrington previously, suggesting 50 per cent were wrong (“out of scope”) three years later and for Ross to say ratepayers were saved $30m, is just plainly ridiculous.
Regarding the $10.8m penalty Ross forgot to say both the 2009 NDRRA program $1.5m overspend (as part of the $18m), was signed off March 2013 by the CEO with QRA and as our then honorable Cr Kevin Collins corrected the Mayor, council is not in the same boat as the other 12 councils because of her unsuccessful complaint.
Like a host of her other decisions ratepayers are the worse off for an incapably led WRC. John W Barnes BOWEN