AS A result of the ill-conceived international airport fiasco, the stated loss per ratepayer equates to about $225.
May the people ask who instigated this folly and why should he or she not be held accountable?
Cairns labor MP Rob Pyne has tabled documents which clearly demonstrate that as a consequence of amalgamations (forced in 2008) and 2012 amendments to the Local Government Act, the following problems have arisen :
There is corruption in queensland local governments, particularly in big councils.
Outsiders, particularly big developers (and lobbyists) are influencing councils.
Declaration of political donations isn’t working in local government.
The complaints system in local government (internal and external) doesn't work.
Bullying by mayors and CEO's is rife.
Too much power is given to mayors and CEO’s ; consequently, elected councillors are now rubber stamps.
Rob Pyne describes part of the problem as “the powerful mayor syndrome”.
We have seen evidence of these problems since amalgamation, within the WRC.
De-amalgamation, despite the editor’s recent rejection of such a move, would be in the best interest of the people from Collinsville, Bowen and Whitsunday and a plebiscite must soon be conducted with this objective, otherwise we will surely be bankrupted by these amateur wheelers and dealers, if they are not restrained.
May a democratic ‘Brexit’ style solution prevail and may the separate restored councils revert to their core function of roads, water and sewerage.
Bill Boulton Cannonvale