Council's claim rejected

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council has missed out on funding to cover costs of amalgamation.

The council's overall claim was for $7.24 million and although the Council was identified by the Queensland Treasury Corporation as meeting the funding criteria they were passed over for funding.

A number of other Councils received amounts ranging from $348,000 at North Burnett Regional Council to $7.58 million at Torres Strait Islands Regional Council.

Whitsunday Mayor Mike Brunker said he was disappointed.

“It is certainly a blow to our finances,” he said.

The council was informed by the Department of Infrastructure and Planning last month that recent funding for the upgrade of the ariport terminal and upgrades for sewerage treatment plants in Cannonvale and Proserpine would adequately meet the net cost of amalgamation.

The total amount of funding for those projects is $22.6 million.

However Mr Brunker said this funding was totally different than the costs of joining the two councils.

“We have costs of a new computer system, new phone systems and other ongoing costs.”

The Whitsunday and Bowen Councils amalgamated in mid 2008.

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