I have noticed a lot of negative Facebook chatter among groups and online pages lately and I’m getting a little fed up with how our region is being portrayed. I have two words to describe a lot of the stuff being said – absolute rubbish.
Firstly, our CEO does not drive a Jaguar. Yes, included in his salary package he is entitled to a car, but in actual fact he did not opt for a brand new car but rather kept an old Council asset and continues to use that today.
Secondly, there are outstanding unpaid rates in relation to Hinchinbrook Harbour/Port Hinchinbrook. I would like to point out that EVERY ratepayer is expected to pay their rates, regardless of who they are. Unpaid rates reduces the ability and capacity to deliver projects and services for the community, which is unfair for those who do pay what they owe.
And lastly, there are rumours going about saying that Council has been using ratepayer dollars to fund court cases. I would like to point out that in the court cases that have been finalised to date, the courts have awarded costs to the community and the ratepayer. Contrary to what social media is reporting, costs to Council have been minimal.
Let’s stop this negative banter and use social media as a tool to promote the great things, wonderful people and beautiful assets our region has to offer. Let’s make people want to move here, invest here, shop here. Wake up, open your eyes – we live in the best place, so let’s scream to the world about it!