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Mayor Strelow says Livingstone shire has had its fair share

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow hands down the 2012/2013 council budget.
Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow hands down the 2012/2013 council budget. Chris Ison

"We have one chance to get this right ... in this fragile economic climate which surrounds us, we need to demonstrate unity if we wish to provide for our future, not waste precious resources going back in time to the unknown." - Councillor Glenda Mather

WEDNESDAY 8.15AM: THE deamalgamation argument that Rockhampton Regional Council has been neglecting Livingstone residents has gone largely unchecked - until now.

As the split referendum looms, Mayor Margaret Strelow yesterday released documents revealing how much the council had spent on capital works in each division.

Cr Strelow said the Livingstone region, largely consisting of divisions 1, 2 and 3, had received more than 30% of the total budget over the past five years.

That percentage equates to about $151million of the $455million capital works budget.

"There has been a further $91million shared across the region for items such as IT and machinery," Cr Strelow said.

Former Livingstone councillor Glenda Mather said the amount spent by council on Livingstone outstripped projected spending by the old shire.

She said before amalgamation, Livingstone had determined it would spend $80million in capital between July 2008 and June 2012.

Cr Mather listed 13 projects completed on the Capricorn Coast, including the Yeppoon pipeline, the Emu Park Sewerage Treatment Plant, and the Barmaryee Sports Grounds.

 

Cr Glenda Mather puts her back into it at the sod turning ceremony at Barmaryee Multi Sports Complex. Photo Sophie Jackson / Capricorn Coast Mirror RCC210711barmaryee1
Cr Glenda Mather puts her back into it at the sod turning ceremony at Barmaryee Multi Sports Complex. Photo Sophie Jackson / Capricorn Coast Mirror RCC210711barmaryee1 Sophie Jackson

She rejected claims the Capricorn Coast did not have enough influence within council, saying the sports grounds would never have come to fruition without the help of Rockhampton-based Cr Cherie Rutherford and former councillor Graeme Brady.

 

Cr Mather urged Livingstone residents to consider her arguments before they cast their votes.

"We have one chance to get this right ... in this fragile economic climate which surrounds us, we need to demonstrate unity if we wish to provide for our future, not waste precious resources going back in time to the unknown."

North Rockhampton resident B. Kearney, in a letter to the editor, condemned the Capricorn Coast Independence Movement's argument that despite Livingstone ratepayers were paying 37.5% of the rates bill despite making up only 29% of total population. "Rates are based on the valuation of properties, meaning that if you live in a highly valued area such as The Range ... you will be up for higher rates," B. Kearney writes. Read his letter in The Morning Bulletin edition of January 16, 2013.

MONEY MATTERS

Where council's capital works budget was spent by division:

Div 1: $21,770,254

Div 2: $65,768,102

Div 3: $63,792,030

Div 4: $38,402,798

Div 5: $66,857,954

Div 6: $88,075,409

Div 7: $33,404,127

Div 8: $46,543,271

Div 9: $19,129,448

Div 10: $10,979,82

TUESDAY 1.30PM: MAYOR Margaret Strelow has released Rockhampton Regional Council spreadsheets showing capital works undertaken in the various council divisions for the last five years.

"Our region is divided into 10 (more or less) equal divisions," she says.

"The three Livingstone divisions have had more than 30% of the total budget between them over the past five years.

See the summary of capital expenditure per division per year

See the summary of capital expenditure per division since amalgamation

"Divisions One, Two and Three - the area that roughly equates to the former Livingstone Shire - has received $151 million worth of work from a budget of $455 million. 

"There has been a further $91 million shared across the region for items such as information technology and machinery."

Topics:  budget livingstone margaret strelow rockhampton regional council



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