UPGRADES: Upgrades have begun at Mingo Crossing Caravan Park and some community members aren't happy.
UPGRADES: Upgrades have begun at Mingo Crossing Caravan Park and some community members aren't happy. Adam McCleery

Project 'a waste of rate payers money'

THE news of Mingo Crossing Caravan Park receiving a $2.5 million upgrade didn't go down well with some locals.

Many commented that the project was a waste of ratepayers' money.

A comment on the Central and North Burnett Times Facebook post by Dooly Tye read "Yeah, why not fix the access road first to handle the traffic?" while John Blundell referred to the region's roads as goat tracks and the project "another over priced government project with no value for the amount of dollars spent".

Councillor Robbie Radel responded "you'd have to ask state government why they won't fund road upgrades in our region".

Some comments suggested the upgrade was expensive and that cost was being borne by ratepayers.

Jason Larsen commented that the project was "More waste of rate payers money".

Long-time Gayndah local Ben Slack said the community deserved to see an outline of the project and its assumptions including a breakdown of the costs, assurance that they received three quotes for each of the structures, anticipated extra income to the council, rate of return on investment, why the upgrade to the water treatment would cost so much, anticipated economic boost the town, visitor occupancy and charges, plus a financial budget including opportunity costs if this money was invested elsewhere.

"This might seem a lot to ask but frankly I don't think so. It should all be in their grant request to the State Government,” Mr Slack said.

"If Council is going to spend such money on big infrastructure projects, then it has to be economically worthwhile and for the benefit of a large percentage of the community especially when council roads, which need continual maintenance, are the lifeblood of businesses throughout Queensland and are being neglected in favour of these sorts of projects.”


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