Local Govt Minister says WBW saga is 'a dead-set circus'
FRASER Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell has welcomed the State Government's credit review of the council and Wide Bay Water.
He said he understood 12 councils were chosen for a review by the State Government each year.
Cr O'Connell said he hoped it would bring about discussion on shared service agreements and lost grants.
Local Government Minister David Crisafulli announced the review on Wednesday, flanked by Fraser Coast MPs Anne Maddern and Ted Sorensen.
"This has been a dead-set circus," he said.
"I hope that it ends the madness."
The credit review by the Queensland Treasury Corporation would show the true state of finances across both entities, Mr Crisafulli said.
He said the review would map out a course for the council to find savings, but the council was not bound to follow its recommendations.
The Queensland Audit Office will also investigate a $73.5 million debt created between Fraser Coast Council and Wide Bay Water.
The investigation is a response to a letter from former WBW director Geoff Skerritt.
A QAO spokeswoman said the investigation would be done as part of the annual audit of WBW, due to begin in the next few weeks.
Mr Crisafulli has also begun the process to allow a councillor to sit on the WBW board with legislation introduced to Parliament last week which would be debated in coming weeks.
He said the legislation would allow only one councillor to sit on the board.
"We're not going to allow a pseudo-takeover," Mr Crisafulli said.
The council has fought for the legislation change since it had to call off a plan to bring WBW back under control of council as a commercial business unit.
Cr O'Connell said there had been no discussion on how a councillor would be chosen for the board.