Ratepayers fund the Council operations, part of the rates received goes towards maintenance of infrastructure.
By Rodger Pryce
A lot of the maintenance required are items such as roads, bridges, parks, etc.. From a ratepayers perspective, it would appear that Council has difficulty in meeting the levels of maintenance required.
Enter Coastal Works, the area of Council responsible for these areas of maintenance.
Rebranded, a new board of directors, all the same people, apparently the objective was to create a new profit centre.
So, ratepayers who pay rates, whose livelihood relies on contracting their services to others, such as earthmoving, maintenance, etc., find they have a new competitor in their midst. A competitor they pay money to in the form of rates and often in the form of other government charges.
I am sorry, but I don’t get it.
Why compete against the hand that feeds you?
Why create a new brand at considerable cost and do exactly what you struggled to do previously?
Where is the benefit?
Where is the accountability?
The Council General Manager, Steve McGrath, pictured above, is a director of Coastal Works. As the Council General Manager, wasn’t he essentially that before anyway?
Wasn’t he the overall head of all that Coastal Works did, before Coastal Works existed?
Is it more efficient now?
How much did the rebranding cost?
How has Coastal Works been able to contract our Council services out to the private sector, when NSW Government identifies Coffs Council as collecting more rates and spending less on services than most other NSW Councils?
Fix your own back yard first guys before you think you’re good enough to go out and compete against the private sector.
Remember, the money you are spending comes from us.
Shake up time is here!
Rodger Pryce is now semi-retired and farms in the CHCC LGA. Previously he was in real estate for many years and was the principal developer of the new Coles site in Harbour Drive.
He has also been involved in other developments locally.
The above was first published at the Coffs Coast Independent News Facebook page on Friday 22 January 2021 where at 2.00 pm. that day it had attracted 74 comments and is reproduced here with Rodger’s permission.