Topics:  bundaberg regional council, john elkin, wayne honor

Candidates at odds

Cr Wayne Honor
Cr Wayne Honor Scottie Simmonds

A CANDIDATE for election to Bundaberg Regional Council has questioned an opponent's achievements in a flyer he has published.

Division 3 candidate John Elkin said he questioned several of the statements in a Snapshot of Current Achievements brochure put out by sitting Councillor Wayne Honor.

But Cr Honor said the "achievements" Mr Elkin was complaining about were locked in and about to go ahead.

One of the statements Mr Elkin is questioning was the claim of a "new bridge and culverts at Geramanbulyan Creek and Wallaville-Goondoon Rd".

Mr Elkin said the replacement of the bridge had not yet been achieved and the school bus and agricultural vehicles were not able to cross.

"I believe that if you choose to make 'Snapshots of Current Achievements' as part of your current campaign the statements should be accurate and truthful," he said.

But Cr Honor said $1.6 million finance for the new bridge had been fully approved in the council's budget.

"The job is locked in to be started this financial year," he said.

"The bridge components have already been ordered."

He said the culverts had been repaired.

Mr Elkin said Cr Honor was also claiming "new culverts at Halford Dr", but he had received calls from residents affected by the existing "non-engineered" culverts installed by Kolan Shire Council before amalgamation.

He said Cr Honor had been made aware of the problems at the site.

Cr Honor said the culverts had been washed away in a flash flood in 2008, and had been replaced.

"These are achievements that have been fully funded and put in place," he said.


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