RATEPAYERS FOOTING HOLIDAY BILL
IN response to ‘Intense debate over Japan visit’ (Courier, March 30).
Yet again, and as I predicted in January in this paper, some Rockingham councillors have shown by a six to four vote they are comfortable spending $35,000 of other people's money on another junket holiday to Ako, Japan for the usual few and chosen ones.
What a clever move to approve a junket before the appointment of a new CEO, just in case he or she may have a moral compass and not want to waste money on something of no benefit to the ratepayers.
For Barry Sammels to use the excuse that 171 delegates from Ako have visited Rockingham and spent $100 per person over a two day visit each year over five years and he wants to reciprocate is a lame reason.
He wants to spend $35,000 in just one visit in five days.
Maybe the Ako council don't have ratepayers struggling to survive or just like this council they think they have the right to spend others' money on themselves.
The six who take the holiday should spare some thought each day for all the ratepayers who are paying for it, some going without food, medication or a holiday so they can pay their rates.
Also, the thought that this council is making decisions about tens of millions of dollars should be of concern to us all. They have been and still are unaccountable.
It’s past time for the State Government to step up and stop this blatant waste and misuse of money on sister cities.
Shame on the six who voted for it, shame on the six that go. RAY CORMACK, Rockingham