Hey Mr Mayor, show me the cuts: Maddern
MEMBER for Maryborough Anne Maddern has called on Mayor Gerard O'Connell to show her the evidence, after he made comments about the State Government pulling funds from the council.
Ms Maddern said she was disappointed with the Mayor's claims as the Fraser Coast Regional Council handed down the 2014-15 budget last Wednesday.
She said she and Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell would meet and discuss the issue.
"I am not happy about the way that he's indicated that the State Government has reduced their funding to the Fraser Coast Regional Council," she said.
"I've made a number of inquiries from various sources and no-one has been able to identify for me where the supposed cuts to the FCRC are.
"I've asked the Mayor will he please provide document evidence to support what he's saying."
But Cr O'Connell hit back, claiming all local governments had lost money during the past few years.
"This is not a political football game," he said.
"This pays no benefit to anybody.
"Our absolute imperative is to work together for the good of our community and this is not about putting over the blame."
Cr O'Connell said the council had gradually lost money from the State and Federal Governments.
"There's something like $400 million of grants and subsidies in the last couple of years that have been reduced," he said.
"Now that affects local governments like the Fraser Coast.
"We have got to get out there and bat for our people," Cr O'Connell said.
Ms Maddern wouldn't be drawn into making any other comments about the council's infrastructure budget or rate rise.
"I think it's probably inappropriate for me to make too many comments about the council budget," she said.
"I'm not happy about his comment about the State Budget."