Council battles unhappy residents

MANAGING residents’ expectations of the new Bundaberg Regional Council has been one of the challenges it has faced.

Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said there had been a community view that the amalgamation of four councils into one much larger entity would mean solutions to all their problems.

“There was an expectation in the community that the bigger council would fix everything right away,” Cr Pyefinch said.

“But that’s obviously not possible – the overall size of the pool of money has not changed.”

She said one of the trickiest areas was the size of the new council’s road system.

“We’ve got more than 300 kilometres of roads, in a mix of bitumen and gravel,” she said.

“This is where priorities come in.”

She said the council had to try to pick projects that fitted into its priority planning.

While the councils had always had their five-year forward plans, the amount of money available from the state in the form of grants had fallen.



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