Council under fire over court
WOULD-BE mayor Dominic Doblo yesterday condemned council's decision to take a local building certifier to court.
The former landscaper said Rockhampton Regional Council was wasting ratepayers' money by prosecuting the business for allegedly certifying houses which did not meet council development approval requirements.
Mr Doblo said one of council's problems with the Eton St houses, near the Rockhampton Golf Course, was that they were made of brick, instead of fibro or timber.
"There are older brick houses not far away," he said.
But council CEO Evan Pardon said council could not allow the certification of houses which did not comply with council development approval requirements.
"To ignore this contravention would essentially send the message to the general public that the requirements of the planning scheme and conditions and on approvals are irrelevant," he said.
Mr Pardon also rebutted Mr Doblo's claim the cost of the court case could blow out to $100,000.
He said it would cost less than one-tenth of that.
Mr Doblo said council was wasting money on flying a Brisbane barrister to Rockhampton for the hearings, but council said the barrister was not even in court yesterday - he was represented by a local associate.
Mr Doblo said one of the ways he would fund his policies would be to stop the flow of court cases.
"It's chasing development away," he said.
"And at the end of the day how much is the poor old ratepayer going to chip in."
But Mr Pardon said council did not use devt or borrowings to fund legal expenses, which were classed as operational expenses.
He said he was disappointed Mr Doblo was using false information for political point-scoring.
"My door is always open if candidates wish to clarify any information they have about council's operations," Mr Pardon said.