Have A Say On Our Most Precious Resource
Water is our most precious resource. Each year, Gympie Regional Council supplies 4,000 megalitres of tap water to over 13,000 properties.
Council also removes and treats 2,600 megalitres of waste water (sewage) from 12,000 residential and commercial customers.
“Providing a water service of this scale means Council has certain obligations,” said Stephen Jewell, manager of Gympie Regional Council’s Water Business Unit.
“We are constantly assessing how we deliver our services.
“Because Council has over 10,000 connections, the Queensland Government required the organisation to conduct a Public Benefit Assessment of its water and wastewater activities. The Public Benefit Assessment guides how Council complies with National Competition Policy requirements,” Mr Jewell said.
Gympie Regional Council has a responsibility to make sure its water services are run efficiently and in a cost-effective way, as if it was a private-sector business.
Council used an independent assessor to conduct the Public Benefit Assessment to ensure it was completely unbiased.
Head to www.gympie.qld.gov.au to have your say.
There are many moments in life that stand out for all of us. Last week was one for myself when during the ordinary meeting on Wednesday, councillors were told by the Acting CFO,
“When Council adopted its budget for the 2019-2020 financial year, it forecast insufficient cash reserves at years’ end to maintain business operations.”
This comment stopped me in my tracks as we were never told this information, at any stage, during our budget deliberations for the 2019-2020 financial year. To hear this now is both frustrating and more than disappointing. I often use the metaphor of the titanic, but it’s how we as councillors feel and I’m sure how you as residents feel; we knew the iceberg was coming and did nothing about it.
And you’ve got to ask the question, why weren’t we told?
The most frustrating part is that the fallout and repercussions are huge. You can’t get past the basic fact that, had we known and addressed our financial issues back then, we wouldn’t be in the financial mess we are in now where budget cuts are not just a necessity, they are unavoidable.
Councillors continue to work on the budget and look at all options on how we can repair the damage, and we will, but it’s going to take time and we need to earn your trust by our actions.
We are on the right path, and will take another step on Thursday. A special meeting has been called to consider the appointment of a new CEO. And we will announce any decisions made as soon as we are able. There are exciting changes ahead, and a new direction for your Council.