Re­sponse

Whitsunday Times - - WHIT­SUN­DAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

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

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