Upcoming Council Elections
A matter of a week until local elections and we hope that whoever is running for council in Cloncurry will consider the matter of keeping our local roads maintained with a different approach.
Overuse of machinery and local material is destroying this country.
Gravel pits have no sedimentation control.
Sedimentation released from poorly designed roads is ending up back in the river system.
Huge portions of our roads are disappearing and becoming rivers.
The mentality of how these roads are getting completed has to change.
The change needs to come from all levels of government but it can be done if people speak up and fight for a change.
The way it is now and how the countryside is being affected shows clearly that something has to be done.
Roads out in the Kajabbi region have already had machinery going over gullies and pushing soil back up to the sides that should never have been there in the first place.
Washouts have just been hidden with loose soil.
Work being done whilst rain even coming down.
70 mm of rain just fell and more washouts.
Contractors camps are set up out here with this rain about.
It is the wet season and machinery is cutting up the country and wasting local material and money.
There needs to be more accountability of what is being done.
This is a quote we should all consider...'The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth' - Marlee Matlin.
Ronnie & Copie Hall
Bernard Gillic responds to Ron McCullough
In Ron McCullough's response to my recent Letter to the North West Star on the matter of water costs to rate payers, he indicates that in his view my letter contains an "underlying inference that somehow the current council is responsible for our high-water charges".
I want to make it crystal clear that there is no need for inferences to be drawn from my letter.
It should be quite clear and unambiguous to all readers of my letter that I am saying the Mount Isa City Council is responsible for the excessive water charges being imposed on rate payers in this city.
Mr McCullough points to some agreement signed in the 1970s as the basis for excessive water charges.
If indeed that is the case then not only is the current council responsible for the excessive water charge being inflicted on ratepayers but each previous council down through the years since the agreement was signed including Mr McCullough's several terms councils have failed this city time and time again in not having any such agreement redressed.
It is obvious that any agreement signed in the 1970s would not be fit for purpose in the year 2020 and particularity so if it was having a continuing negative impact on this city.
Indeed, if such an agreement exists it is further evidence of the lack of transparency and the exclusion of the community from knowledge that should be freely available to it.
Council candidate for Mount Isa Community Team
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