Mayor needs to de­liver on projects

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THERE’S no doubt Townsville City Coun­cil Mayor Jenny Hill will be look­ing for­ward to put­ting 2018 be­hind her.

She had to set­tle a defama­tion case with min­ing mag­nate Clive Palmer and Team Hill was fined by the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion for breach­ing elec­toral dis­clo­sure laws.

Then cracks in her squad be­gan to show when rebel coun­cil­lor Paul Ja­cob split from the pack and be­came the sole op­po­si­tional voice in coun­cil.

Cr Hill did es­cape lightly from her U- turns on the fund­ing of the Adani airstrip and on stage two of the Haughton pipe­line project, which she ini­tially said she didn’t want, be­fore unit­ing with the rest of the city lead­ers in sup­port of it.

But the big­gest sign of trou­ble in par­adise was the sud­den de­par­ture of her high- achiev­ing and well- re­spected CEO Adele Young.

Cr Hill will likely take a break and take stock over the fes­tive pe­riod but the mayor will have her work cut out for her in 2019.

A year ago, Cr Hill launched her 2020 Vi­sion for Townsville, which was a bold plan to trans­form the city on a strict pre- elec­tion dead­line.

There’s no deny­ing Townsville res­i­dents are fa­tigued with the bevy of plans and re­ports done in this city without see­ing any re­sults.

For the coun­cil, 2019 was sup­posed to be a year of rib­bon cut­tings and sod turn­ings which would see Cr Hill gal­lop home at the polls in 2020.

But with the CEO, the key driv­ing force be­hind many of these projects, gone Cr Hill will need to choose her next leader care­fully and quickly.

Al­ready key mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are con­cerned about the fu­ture di­rec­tion of the coun­cil.

Cr Hill will need to send a strong mes­sage that her coun­cil is on track and set to de­liver, or op­po­si­tion can­di­dates will start com­ing out of the wood­work and pre­par­ing to pounce.

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