Bulletin editor rejects de-amalgamation advocates claims
I REJECT councillors Bill Ludwig and Tom Wyatt's claims of bias against The Morning Bulletin.
"For two weekends in a row the Bulletin has run major pro-amalgamation features with virtually no 'YES' articles to provide a balanced perspective," says Cr Ludwig in a complaint to this paper.
The "features" Bill refers to were reports from statements released by former Rockhampton Regional Council mayor Brad Carter and a report by CQUniversity professsor John Rolfe.
We did not approach these men - they offered their opinion and we decided it would be of value to readers - regardless of which side they took.
We didn't go back to them after hearing their views and ask them to be kinder to the yes-vote argument.
This was their opinion and was never meant to be anything else.
Why was it worth publishing?
Because of their expertise and background their opinions on this subject are worth something.
I did not sit back and consider the content before deciding to run the reports.
This was it, warts and all.
I can guarantee Bill and Tom would not be complaining if Mr Carter and Mr Rolfe had decided to favour the de-amalgamation yes-vote.
I notice Mr Ludwig and Mr Wyatt make no mention of the article about big hikes in residential rates on the Capricorn Coast on page 16 of Saturday's edition.
I notice they didn't complain about the David v Goliath story on February 8 where Capricorn Coast Independent Movement president Paul Lancaster accused One Capricorn Region of "unscrupulous tactics".
What Bill and Tom fail to understand is that the Carter and Rolfe pieces were offered and not sought out by this paper. If messrs Ludwig and Wyatt wish to respond - go for it.
We have published many different views and theories - on the pros and cons of de-amalgamation - and readers can take them at face value.
I know a lot of people are still confused about the different cost figures being bandied around by both sides.
Queensland Treasury Corporation found the initial cost for Livingstone to de-amalgamate would be $9,983,000 or an extra $429 per ratepayer in the first year.
Sure, initial costs are part of it, but for me, this decision should be about what is the best way forward for the Capricorn Coast over the long term. And for me that is an easy choice.