Strelow: bad to release wish list
ROCKHAMPTON Mayor Margaret Strelow yester- day defended the City Council's decision to keep its big project "wish list'' for the 2005/2006 budget under wraps for the time being.
Cr Strelow said it would be wrong to release details of the proposed capital list to the public.
"It was really the first time councillors had seen the list and it was very much aspirational dream stuff,'' she said.
"There are things in there that won't get up and I don't want people getting their hopes up.''
She said she had not asked for the capital list discussions to go into closed business but had supported the director of financial services recom- mendation to do so.
"It was a list without much credibility to it at this stage,'' she said.
While the preliminary budget details remain behind closed doors, a new library, airport termi- nal refurbishment and more work upgrading the showgrounds are regarded as big project priori- ties and sure to be included.
The library, to be built next to City Hall in Bolsover Street, will cost about $4.5 million.
However, dollar for dollar funding from the State Government has been approved for that pro- ject, indicating the council would be responsible for $2.25m of the cost.
Last year's budget for Rockhampton City Coun- cil was about $70 million with $52 million raised from rate revenue.