Wide Bay Water deputy chairman Raymond “Curly” Tatnell says the board has not been able to find the $4 million in savings promised if the council resumed control.
Wide Bay Water deputy chairman Raymond “Curly” Tatnell says the board has not been able to find the $4 million in savings promised if the council resumed control. Contributed

Wide Bay Water board doesn't support council taking control

WIDE Bay Water's board of directors has refused to support Fraser Coast Council's attempt to bring the corporation back under its control, labelling it dangerous and costly to ratepayers.

Deputy chairman Raymond "Curly" Tatnell said concerns were raised only hours after board members began their work several months ago, and that the board had not been able to find the $4 million in savings promised if the move went ahead.

Mr Tatnell spoke publicly about the board's stance at a development forum in Maryborough on Thursday night.

He told the crowd, which included Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell, the council had been arrogant and impossible to negotiate with since the board took their positions in April.

"We asked to have meetings, they just refused to meet with us," he said.

"We firmly believe the CBU (council business unit) process is wrong."

The council has pursued the takeover since November last year and was forced to call it off when the State Government refused to exempt it from a $65 million stamp duty bill.

Cr O'Connell said the board's stance would not affect the council's attempt to bring WBW back under its control.

"We can easily demonstrate $4 million," he said.

Cr O'Connell said it was insulting to the council to suggest the takeover would be dangerous to residents, and the council had met several times with the directors.

He said if the council could not avoid the $65 million stamp duty bill, it would seek to allow councillors to sit on the board of directors.



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