Mayor kicks up a stink over Rubyanna comments
BUNDABERG Mayor Mal Forman has hit out at a councillor for suggesting future costs related to the Rubyanna Waste Water Treatment Plant could add up to $100 million.
The plant, scheduled to replace the East Bundaberg Waste Water Treatment Plant, has been slated to cost $71 million.
Division 3 councillor Wayne Honor, who voted against the council's budget, was giving a TV interview when he made the comments.
After saying the council was "spending too much too soon", Cr Honor was asked how much it would cost to connect homes across the coastline and areas such as the Hummock, and retrofit existing homes - works which are not part of the council's plans.
He responded: "This will be a massive amount of funding to do the coastal strip. It could be up in the vicinity of another $100 million."
Cr Forman called a press conference yesterday to announce that he was "quite disappointed" to see Cr Honor "making accusations and comments about the council".
"That's unsubstantiated rubbish, it's lies and it's scaremongering," he said.
He said he believed Cr Honor "held a grudge" over the council's failure to approve a $10 million waste water treatment in Gin Gin.
"I've had a number of people call me and email me, worried about what Cr Honor has said, and we've had to set the facts straight."
The mayor, who will be retiring before the election, said he was "disappointed with this election".
"Even though I'm not running, I'm hearing a lot of untruths and I hope at the end of the day people will be wise with who they vote for, and that truth, honesty and integrity will count."
But Cr Honor said yesterday he stood by his word, describing Cr Forman's statement as a "cheap shot".
"He refers to honesty, truth and integrity - values of which I uphold the highest standard.
"This has been taken out of context and turned on me, to damage my credibility, a person who does uphold those attributes.
"I have not said anything about the current $71 million project - I was speaking about the Hummock and coastline, and I made it very clear that that would be part of future budgeting.
"The cost of $100m was not a firm figure but certainly based on comments by council engineering staff over the last four years as we planned this project."