Angry ratepayers question councillors at WBW forum in M'boro

FRASER Coast councillors James Hansen and Chris Loft have answered questions from angry ratepayers at a public forum on council's attempt to take back control of Wide Bay Water.

About 80 people gathered at the Carriers Arms Hotel on Thursday night for the forum, hosted by former WBW directors Danny Mattsson and Raymond Tatnell.

Mr Hansen and Mr Loft were the only councillors who attended and answered questions after the crowd heard from Mr Mattsson and Mr Tatnell.

They faced criticism for councillor's decision to delegate their powers to hire and fire the board of WBW to Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell.

Both Mr Mattsson and Mr Tatnell were fired by Cr O'Connell last month.

"There was a move recently for that delegation to be withdrawn but the numbers didn't get up," Mr Loft told the crowd.

Mr Hansen said the council should have met with the full WBW board months ago.

Developers, union representatives and staff from WBW were all in attendance.

A second forum will be held at the Hervey Bay Community Centre from 6pm on Friday night.

Pick up a copy of Saturday's paper for a full report.


Should Wide Bay Water remain a local government-owned corporation or should council continue with its push to make it a commercial business unit?

This poll ended on 18 August 2013.

WBW should remain a local government-owned corporation - 36%

Council should make it a commercial business unit - 63%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  chris loft danny mattsson james hansen wide bay water

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