Mayor 'staying positive' about WBW as online poll backs plan

FRASER Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he is "staying positive" despite a decision by the State Government not to waive the $65 million stamp duty on the council's attempt to bring Wide Bay Water back into the fold.

With three new Wide Bay Water directors named, Randall McLellan, Cliff Searle and Richard Krause, Cr O'Connell said the council's focus would be on continuing to have a great water business until the company could be brought back under the control of the council in two-and-a-half years, without the need to pay stamp duty.

Cr O'Connell said the main motivation was to ensure there was now stability in the business and that there would not be doubling up of jobs between the council and Wide Bay Water.

Cr O'Connell said he didn't let personality come into it and instead he was focussing on remaining positive.

Almost 65% of people who voted in the Chronicle's one poll, believe the council should press on with its plan to make WBW a commercial business unit.

After more than 650 votes were cast, the result went against the idea of leaving WBW as a government-owned corporation.



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