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Loft cuts would make us lazy, uneducated says Deputy Mayor

THE Deputy Mayor has accused one of his colleagues of aiming to turn the Fraser Coast into a community of uneducated and lazy people.

Stuart Taylor has accused outspoken councillor Chris Loft of wanting to "slash and burn" the region in exchange for lower rates.

Since the handing down of the council's 2014-15 budget, Cr Loft has repeatedly expressed his distress with the 3% general rate rise and urged the council to find savings.

Speaking to the Chronicle on Monday, Cr Loft would not expand on where he would find savings.

"I'm not going to stab in the dark," he said.

It was widely thought Cr Loft would reduce spending in Fraser Coast libraries but Cr Loft denied he would "initially" cut services from them.

"The libraries would not be one, okay, initially," he said

"What we do need to do is look at savings.

"Are we the most efficient, cost-effective library service of all councils in Queensland?"

Cr Taylor was on the offensive and said his ideal community was different to Cr Loft's.

"I want to be part of a community that appreciates literacy through libraries," he said.

"I want a community that is able to be physically active through park, sports and recreation.

"Chris Loft's community, that slash and burn community he's talking about, is a community of lazy people who can't read - who wants that?"

Cr Loft said that was an "outrageous claim".

"I've been here for 25 years assisting people in businesses," he said.

"I can't believe he said that."

But Cr Loft reiterated his calls for an independent review of the council and admitted it was not a popular idea among councillors.

"It's certainly not the flavour of the month amongst my colleagues," he said.

Topics:  chris loft, fraser coast regional council, lazy, libraries, parks, rates, stuart taylor



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