Former Cr Maurie Webb with bumper stickers circulating the coast which states, ‘please give me back my shire council, they understood our needs’.
Former Cr Maurie Webb with bumper stickers circulating the coast which states, ‘please give me back my shire council, they understood our needs’. Nikita Watts

Mayor's warning on cost of water

IT WOULD cost each coast ratepayer an additional $234 in water access charges if council were to de-amalgamate, says Brad Carter.

And that is not a “Brad Carter figure”, as the Rockhampton Regional Council mayor put it, but an estimate from the financial analysis under the former Livingstone Shire Council in planning the Rockhampton to Yeppoon pipeline.

Cr Carter said the water access charges and other contributing factors, such as establishing a new executive team, would come at a “significant” cost.

“The community needs to consider the ramifications and be aware of the significant costs, and also needs to discuss the issue with the State Government,” he said yesterday.

“In the interim, I will do my best to ensure the Capricorn Coast gets a fair and equitable representation in the delivery of services.”

However, division three councillor Bill Ludwig, who is leading the call to de-amalgamate the council by circulating a petition, says Cr Carter is scaremongering and former Livingstone CEO Peter Frank suggested Cr Carter could be quoting a price model made before government funding was granted for the project.

“The cost to the Capricorn Coast for water in de-amalgamation would not change substantially ... over the next 10 years the customer base will grow substantially and we have already factored this in,” Cr Ludwig said.

He said the process would bring a “big saving” with a smaller bureaucracy, and better services and value.

Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan disagrees.

He has distributed flyers and submitted to The Morning Bulletin a letter to the editor stating it would be “financially reckless” to have every small town with its own council.

But former Livingstone councillor Maurie Webb is doing everything he can to encourage people to sign the petition.

“People are falling over backwards to sign it,” he said.



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