Arriving at the Canegrowers Hall in Bazaar Street, Maryborough, last night for the Maryborough Citizens and Ratepayers Association meeting are (from left) Ted Weber, Alan Wetton, Dave Barrowcliffe, Stephen Keevil and Allan Fuary.
Arriving at the Canegrowers Hall in Bazaar Street, Maryborough, last night for the Maryborough Citizens and Ratepayers Association meeting are (from left) Ted Weber, Alan Wetton, Dave Barrowcliffe, Stephen Keevil and Allan Fuary. Jocelyn Watts

Council battle over water rates

GRANVILLE pensioners shouldn’t have to subsidise Hervey Bay’s WetSide water park with their rates, says Alan Wetton.

The Maryborough Citizens and Ratepayers Association president said the Fraser Coast Regional Council had a great philosophy of “user pays” until it came to the water park.

“We’ll be drawing the council’s attention to the fact pensioners in Granville shouldn’t be supporting the water park with their rates. The only time they see water is when it floods.”

Mr Wetton said there was “a lot of angst” about rates among the 10 members who attended the meeting on Tuesday night.

“Rates here seem extraordinarily high compared to other parts of Queensland.

“Members are uncomfortable with the council’s formula for calculating rates and some think it’s flawed. We’ll be doing some homework on that.”

Mr Wetton also said the group would be encouraging the council to be more proactive with land and property developments.

“In light of Anna Bligh’s announcement today of the Downer EDi contract, it would be appropriate for the council to start looking at pushing other developments, starting with Mary Harbour.

“The council should be more proactive – they should be asking, ‘What more can we do to make these developments happen?’”

The new group formed recently to present a unified voice to council on behalf of the Maryborough community.

Office bearers elected at Tuesday night’s meeting were president Alan Wetton, vice-president Dave Barrowcliffe, secretary Paul Truscott and treasurer Ann Cameron.

Membership forms can be obtained from Timber City Cafe in Kent Street, where the next meeting will be held on November 30 at 5.30pm.



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