Coun­cil­lors’ de­ci­sion angers park res­i­dents

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

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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