City council untrustworthy
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CALLIOPE Mayor George Creed said he was not surprised Gladstone people would support the amalgamation of Calliope Shire and Gladstone City councils.
"I would have thought most people would prefer it if their council was managed by Calliope Shire,'' he said.
Cr Creed was responding to a finding by the Benchmark Community Survey, funded by Gladstone City Council, that 61.3 per cent of the the 300 respondents supported amalgamation or a boundary change "if there was an opportunity to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Gladstone region''.
"Only 61.3 per cent?" Cr Creed said.
"I think if the survey question had asked if Gladstone people preferred to be administered by Calliope, the result would have been 100 per cent in favour.
"But this survey smells as if Cr Corones had not been square with us when he assured us Gladstone council was not pursuing amalgamation between the two councils.''
He said the Calliope council believed there could be benefits from co-operation between councils, such as by sharing equipment and personnel, and Gladstone had appeared to agree.
"But that could only happen if there is respect and trust between councils," he said.
"This poll is just more proof that Gladstone is not interested in trust or spirit of co-operation regardless of what they say.
"If they were, surely they would have consulted with us before undertaking the survey.