Seeking an opening date for centre
CONFUSED and frustrated Granville resident Mike Grounds yesterday demanded the “truth” from the Fraser Coast council about delays in the opening of a new recycling yard in Maryborough.
A determined Mr Grounds has consistently inquired about an opening date for the centre since last October only to be told mid-November, December, January, mid-February and July.
His patience ran out on Tuesday afternoon when councillor Barb Hovard told him an Easter opening was anticipated. Earlier in the day, he told yesterday’s monthly meeting of the council, she had rung him and told him the opening would not be until July.
She had previously indicated a mid-February opening.
Ms Hovard confirmed the centre was finished and ready to go but statutory conditions, which are in process, had delayed its opening.
“I answered as honestly as I could with the information I had,” she said. “I could do no more.
“The timeframes blew out past the promises I made. I’m as disappointed as Mr Grounds.”
Asked if she could predict an opening date, Ms Hovard said: “I wouldn’t dare.”
Mr Grounds said he rang the council office twice on Tuesday to be told “they did not know when the yard would open”.
At yesterday’s meeting he said Ms Hovard had indicated to him that she had been misled by council officers with whom she had consulted about the opening date.
“My rates went up last year by 13 per cent,” he said. “The mayor was recently quoted as calling that rates equalisation.
“We do not have equalisation of location and land values in Maryborough.
“We don’t seem to rate equal services. We obviously don’t even rate being told the truth.”
Ms Hovard, the former mayor of Maryborough, said the recycling centre would be a great boost.
“I think people understand the success of the Hervey Bay centre and they can’t wait for it to open.”