Councillors’ decision angers park residents
Augusta residents and longterm Turner Caravan Park users have voiced disappointment and anger at last week’s decision to move ahead with a redevelopment.
Their frustration worsened during an hour-long break early in council proceedings when they left chambers so members could discuss confidential financial aspects of the plan.
Users of the park said some councillors did not seem confident the business case stacked up — which park residents argued during deputations — and they should have had a grasp of the figures prior to the day’s decision.
Resident Brian Fearn said the consultant had found “a pretty good milking cow” with the Shire contract.
“I’m concerned about the Shire being in opposition to private enterprise,” he said.
“(The redevelopment) is against the ratepayers they are getting money from.”
Mr Fearn was joined by others who said the long-term investment would not be worthwhile.
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