Debate over spending essential
A recent South Western Times editorial “Exciting time for city with projects on council’s radar” (Times, Nov 8) flagged the need for the Bunbury City Council to complete business cases for major projects.
At the same time it cautioned that the council has a duty to consider the needs and desires of the entire community.
There is a vast difference between needs and desires and it is vital for all of Bunbury to consider what is essential, as opposed to vanity projects.
Of great local interest is the manner in which community leaders are imagining the big picture, while the little people are left wondering what’s in it for them.
At a local government level, elected members must always ensure that the grass roots economy and local neighbour- hood priorities are given precedence over the grandeur of mega dollar projects.
It is always a worry when the City is perceived as spending a lot of time working on its glory box, while the ratepayers are more interested in the value and quality of basic services.
Whereas it is true that nowadays good local government services involve a bit more than just roads, parks and rubbish, they are still the essentials.
With a tight budget and the need to control debt, it is important that the City of Bunbury spreads the ratepayers’ funds fairly across the suburbs.
As such, public debate over how, when and where to spend the dollars is more than just welcomed, it is mandatory.
Sports pavilion being built at Hay Park in Bunbury August 2015