Opinion

Lake upgrade unnecessary; will just lead to debt

TOO EXPENSIVE: Should Gympie Regional Council spend more money to improve Lake Alford?
TOO EXPENSIVE: Should Gympie Regional Council spend more money to improve Lake Alford? Tanya Easterby

IT IS with both shock and dismay that I read in Wednesday's (May 21) edition of The Gympie Times about the proposed plan to upgrade the Lake Alford area.

I seem to recall a great deal of money was spent there in recent times.

The fact is that all of the proposed area will be under flood level, which will incur a massive clean-up cost after even a minor flood and will be of scarce benefit to the rate payers.

I shudder to think what this project will cost considering the Monkland St roundabout is reported to have cost in excess of $1m.

Also, the cost of the upgrade of the North Hotel building was $7m and a proposed extension to that building is to cost around $4m.

Surely road works and services should be top priority.

I fear that if the present management strategy is not reined in, this shire will no doubt be left with a massive debt similar to the Port Macquarie shire which applied a similar management strategy.

I remind councillors that they were elected to represent the rate payer and manage the business wisely and well.

S. Andrews,
Eel Creek

What do you think?

IS THE council spending too much money on Lake Alford or should they be spending more? Send you opinion in an email to editor@gympietimes.com.au.

Gympie Times

Topics:  debt, gympie times, lake alford



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