Wide Bay Water fiasco makes us look unstable and poorly run
EDITORIAL: While entrepreneurs - and the new Fraser Coast Opportunities - work to show why our region is a great place to invest in, the council's Wide Bay Water fiasco continues to make us look unstable and poorly run.
With the council playing chicken with a $65 million State Government stamp duty bill for taking the water board back under its control, and two board leaders sacked by the council and planning a public forum, another board director has now resigned and the water councillor has walked away from his portfolio.
This instability will continue - probably escalate - and do no one any good, particularly the WBW staff in their vital functions, struggling with an uncertain future.
The council's desire to take back control over those functions is understandable - water and sewerage is a local government responsibility.
But with or without stamp duty - and the state again on Monday made it clear that no means no - the cost of the council's insistence, and its apparent inability to work with the board, is too much for the region to bear.