Not time to rein spending: Carter
NOW is not the time to rein-in spending on key infrastructure, Brad Carter says.
The Mayor says he's proud that the council has invested $407 million in the past four years and he's concerned that a number of his opponents are talking about reducing expenditure and debt when there is still work to be done.
"I fully support the need for the council to be prudent managing its finances, but we need to remember what Clem Jones, mayor of Brisbane, did when he embarked on his sewer plan for Brisbane. It was done achieving great results."
Cr Carter said the investment, which had been supported with funding from State and Federal governments, had transformed basic infrastructure.
"The region went through a hard time in the 1990s when there was little investment by councils and the private sector, little population growth and a complete lack of business confidence. The lack of investment in key community infrastructure in the 1990s has meant that the council had to play catch up from the neglect of the past.
"Sewage overflows into yards during rain events were common, but this problem has now been overcome from the right investment to repair and reline the old sewerage pipes in Rockhampton and at the coast," he said.
"The region is now seen as a key investment location in Australia where there is strong private sector confidence to invest as the council has been leading the way and setting the example.
"It is the private sector which will provide long-term sustainable employment outcomes for our current and future generations."
He said spending to date added up to $407.5 million, with $348 million coming from the council, $34.5 million from the state and nearly $25 million from the Federal Government.