Former chairman of Wide Bay Water Danny Mattsson.
Former chairman of Wide Bay Water Danny Mattsson. Alistair Brightman

Letter of conditions sealed Wide Bay Water board sackings

A LETTER signed by all six members of the Wide Bay Water board delivered to Fraser Coast Council on Friday helped to seal the sackings of the board's two leaders.

The document, decribed by councillors as an ultimatum, was handed over by Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen only hours before board chairman Danny Mattsson and deputy chair Raymond 'Curly' Tatnell were fired on Friday.

It contained seven offers the board planned to put in place if the council complied with eight different conditions, including calling off its attempted takeover of WBW.

The offers included savings of $3 million each year in efficiency savings and an extra $1 million in savings if WBW could shut down, sell or transfer control of Hervey Bay's WetSide Water Park.

It also included handing all media opportunities to the council and giving it credit for a 'green light for growth'.

The conditions the board sought in exchange included that the council stop its attempts to pressure the State Government to change legislation in favour of the council's takeover attempt.

The letter also called for the council not to make any further negative public comments about WBW or its business model.

Another condition called for a formal procedure to be developed for the council to issue shareholder directions to WBW and to withdraw all current directions.

Mr Mattsson said these directions included a ban on planning for future infrastructure growth.

Both Mr Tatnell and Mr Mattsson said the council's directions meant they would have had to ignore their legal responsibilities to Wide Bay Water as a corporation.

Councillor Robert Garland, who sits on the water advisory committee, said he did not believe any organisation would have been able to accept the actions of WBW board without sackings.

The council continues to pursue turning Wide Bay Water into a commercialised business unit.

It is currently a local-government-owned corporation.



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