Your View: CCSLC cost

IN the unconfirmed minutes of an ordinary meeting of the Legatus Group (only for council mayors and CEOs) held at Kadina on September 8, on page two at item 1.2 it states “Mayor Paul Thomas acknowledged the work of CEO Peter Harder and the role of the Local Government Finance Authority in assisting with the $15.5million Copper Coast Sports and Leisure Centre.”

Does this mean a $5.2million blowout of the cost of the CCSLC redevelopment?

All Copper Coast Council-released documents state the CCSLC upgrade will cost $10.3million, made up of $2.5million from council, $4.8million in federal government funding, $2.4million from state government funding ($1.5million Department of Education and Child Development, and $900,000 from the Department of Recreation and Sport), $500,000 from Kadina Memorial School, and $140,000 from donations and the sale of unmade roads. This is also what has been stated by council management in various articles in the YP Country Times.

If the CCSLC is now a $15.5million project where has, or will, the extra $5.2million come from? Why haven’t ratepayers been informed of the huge change in this projects’ finances? Have councillors been notified, either privately or through a council meeting? Will council need to borrow this extra $5.2million? As the people who will have to foot the bill, don’t the ratepayers deserve to be informed? Or, has the mayor got it wrong?

Merelyn Dalby, Wallaroo

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