Councillor lambaste for lag on projects 03.03.2017

Councillor lambaste for lag on projects – Advocate 03.03.2017

The Advocate reported the following on 03.03.2017.

COUNCILLOR Uli Liessmann has slammed Burdekin Shire Council for committing to too many projects.

During a council meeting on Tuesday, Cr Liessmann slammed the council for its list of ongoing projects and claimed nothing was being done, apart from continually discussing them.

Projects mentioned at the meeting included the Ayr Pool refurbishment, south water treatment plant and ongoing improvements to the Ayr Showgrounds.

As the council began going over the projects and where they were currently placed, Cr Liessmann interrupted proceedings to claim the time frame for them was going on forever.

He said some of the projects on the council’s list had been on there for four or five years.

“We have all these things written on these pages, but it never goes anywhere, like the Groper Creek project that took five years that I know of, and we just keep talking about these things and putting them on paper but they don’t go any-where,” Cr Liessmann said.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said employees were working on the projects, they weren’t sitting stagnate. “But how many things can you work on,” Cr Liessmann said.

“What I’m trying to say is, they’re working on so many things to get them done but you can’t work on a million things and think it’s going to happen. It’s not going to happen.

“Why don’t we do jobs that can be done instead of putting stuff on here that won’t get done? We’re asking too much of them to do in such a short time.”

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the jobs still needed to be done. She said perhaps it was best if councillors were provided with a list of projects already completed.

“I think it’s important we have a list of all the things that we have completed to look back on,” she said. “I have a lot of faith in the staff and their ability to get these projects done.”