Fraser Coast council strikes new deal with Wide Bay Water

FRASER Coast Council will take over the work of specific departments of Wide Bay Water using shared service agreements after being forced to call off its attempt to take over the full business.

Documents released by the council last week show WBW departments being considered for the agreements include IT, records, water billing, customer service and management of WBW vehicles.

The move to shared service agreements were agreed on by the council and the WBW board of directors in April.

Since then, three directors have left and a new chair has been appointed.

Former directors Danny Mattsson and Raymond Tatnell, who were sacked last month, said they would speak out against the agreements.

At two public forums held last week, Mr Mattson said there were major concerns with transferring the IT department because of the number of programs WBW relies on to run its treatment plants.

He said WBW had 70 computer programs, compared to the five run by the council.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell did not respond to questions about the IT department.

He said the council and WBW would enter into shared service agreements where it was cost-effective.

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