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Maddern takes a swipe at Mayor over excuse on rate rise

THE Fraser Coast Mayor jokes that he's more concerned about his football team winning than the comments a state MP has made about him.

In the second swipe at Mayor Gerard O'Connell in two months, Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern claimed Cr O'Connell had given incorrect information to constituents.

On the front page of Friday's Chronicle, Cr O'Connell claimed a 30% rate increase a Tiaro man was facing was because of the State Government's insistence the rating system be equalised.

"It is my responsibility to correct the record if incorrect information relating to the State Government is being put out by the mayor or anyone else," Ms Maddern said.

"Residents have the right to know and understand the correct situation."

Ms Maddern said the decision of rates and charges fell entirely with the council.

"These decisions are not taken at the direction of the Minister or the State Government," she said.

Cr O'Connell said the council was still consolidating some rates and charges.

"There's still some that need to be addressed," he said.

"It was about reducing the number of categories and bringing fairness to equality across the region."

Cr O'Connell said he wasn't concerned about Ms Maddern's comments.

"I'm more concerned about my football team winning," he said.

"In all seriousness - I'm about getting good results for our people, which I will continue to do."

Ms Maddern rejected the notion she had an agenda against the mayor.

"I am pleased to be able to work with all councillors in gaining the best possible outcomes for our community," she said.

In June, Ms Maddern claimed the Mayor was misleading the community after he said the State Government had cut funding to local councils.

Topics:  anne maddern, fraser coast regional council, gerard o'connell, maryborough, rates, rise



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