Doblo wants to reduce wage bill
HEADS will roll, the chief executive's among them, if Dominic Doblo is elected mayor on Saturday.
Mr Doblo made it plain yesterday that if he takes power he will act to reduce an escalating wage bill so he can keep rate increases to no more than the rate of inflation.
He says the council's army of blue-collar workers can sleep easy - their ranks will not be cut.
But white-collar staff won't be so lucky.
"The debt and wages bill is out of control," Mr Doblo said.
"At amalgamation the total employee cost was $46 million a year.
"Now it's $89 million and rising and the Queensland Treasury is warning that the rates will have to keep on going up at an average of 9.5% a year to keep pace.
"The present regime has shown no sign of wanting to control the waste."
He said he would cut the number of managers and give blue-collar workers the authority to make decisions.
"They know what to do but they are frustrated and hampered by bureaucratic processes.
"That has to change.
"Any white collar staff who don't want to help me cut costs and provide the ratepayers with the service they deserve will be looking for alternative work.
"We all have an obligation to the community to keep the rates at CPI."
He promised to dismantle the public relations department and make big changes in the planning department which he described as completely incompetent.
"It needs an overhaul and we need to bring in competent people who treat ratepayers with the respect they deserve and don't let their egos get in the way.
"We only need a couple of people in the media unit.
"It's ridiculous that it costs up to $2 million a year," he said.
And Mr Doblo says he will revolutionise the relationship with Capricorn Enterprise, cutting its funding and stripping it of responsibility for industrial development and promotion.
"There's more to the development of the region than printing brochures and making videos," he said.
He said he would act to "get rid" of chief executive Evan Pardon on the grounds that he was too bureaucratic and unhelpful.