Funds spark rowdy debate

YELLING, snide comments and plenty of debate.

It's hard to believe discussions about Rockhampton City Council's 10-Year Strategic Plan could stir up so much.

But alas, at Monday night's Rockhampton City Council meet- ing, the usual suspects were at it.

New southside library funding and a new waste transfer centre headed the budget discussion, leading to heated words.

Mayor Margaret Strelow told the council she was not prepared to spend more than $6 million on the new library.

"I know we need a library, but there are plenty of other things on the budget,'' Cr Strelow said.

The comments prompted Cr Stephen Schwarten to question whether $6 million was enough: "Why don't we have a corrugated tin shed so we make a real joke of the city?''

Cr John Broad said he was worried about the budget and believed Rockhampton may soon have the highest rates in the state.

"This is putting us in a position we're all nervous about.

I've been nervous since I came back in 2000,'' he said.

Cr Strelow quickly replied, "Well you still voted for the Walter Reid (Cultural Centre redevelopment), John.''

Cr Strelow also quipped, "How many more football fields are we mowing now?'' which sent Cr Broad (the chairman of Parks and Recreation) into a rage.

"Every time something comes up you don't like, you drag a red herring across the table,'' he said.



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