Tom Wyatt joins Coast revolt
TOM Wyatt is one of several Capricorn Coast identities to join a “high-profile steering committee” formed to review the amalgamation of four councils into the Rockhampton Regional Council.
The former Rockhampton City Council Parks and Gardens boss said it was clear people weren’t happy with the amalgamated council but said he would approach the issue with an open mind.
“The whole amalgamation process should be reviewed. It has many people concerned about not getting enough outcomes for the ratepaying public in these areas,” Mr Wyatt said.
He said the problems weren’t just being felt in the Rockhampton region but in amalgamated council areas across the state.
“I travel and I go right across the state to various centres and everyone seems to have the same problems, the service in these areas has gone,” he said.
Mr Wyatt said the steering committee was about finding a solution to these problems.
“Let’s find out what the problems are, what the people are complaining about and let’s find a solution,” Mr Wyatt said.
“If part of the solution is that some areas are deamalgamated then that’s the solution.”
Mr Wyatt said he wasn’t advocating immediate deamalgamation but that the committee needed to find a fix so the community could move on.
The committee is made up of a number of high-profile business people from around the region, including former councillors Desley Rial and John Smith.
Rockhampton Regional councillor Bill Ludwig is the chairman of the committee.