Our ‘Brexit’

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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