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LETTER: Golf club losing thousands, council to blame

As a ratepayer I find it incredulous in the first place that GRC took six months, spent thousands of dollars on Consultant's reports whilst its overweight bureaucracy argued over responsibility, to come up with a so called solution to the reticulation of recycled water to Boyne Island sports fields and Golf Course.

It has since spent some hundreds of thousands of dollars implementing the so called solution which was completed in October last year.

However, I am sure rate payers will be delighted to hear that some months later the solution has failed to work resulting in untold damage to and loss of income from the golf course. Until the problems are fixed there is no chance of the course recovering.

They are using the same pump that used to pump water from a dam to now pump from the tanks installed and so far have not been able to create enough water pressure to cover the ground it needs to - in fact users of the course like me can clearly see the sprinklers only cover about one metre in radius.

When are the Mayor and Councillors going to do something about their "can't do" bureaucracy led by an apparently aloof CEO - I bet he hasn't been to visit the sports fields to gain an appreciation of the problems.

In 2013 the council, when passing the financial burden of maintaining the Golf course to the Golf Club it was with the promise that it would provide unlimited recycled water and maintain the watering systems for the existing 13 golf holes and new holes that the club plans to establish.

The GRC have failed miserably and have not lived up to their promises even though the golf club has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses from their balance sheet by taking on the lease of the course.

I for one and I am sure the Golf Club, other sporting bodies and the local community are crying out for Mayoral and council candidates who will undertake to meet the promises made by council for now and into the future.

Topics:  gladstone, gladstone area water board, gladstone golf club, water



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