In reply to “CEO Sets Record Straight” I, like many other residents thought that the Council problems were caused by Gary Murphy whereas they obviously were not.
To Gary Murphy I apologise but I believed what the Administrator said – that was a big mistake as I still don’t know where the money went; even though audits have taken place we have not been given all the facts.
Certainly Mr. Murphy has detailed time frames etc and in very plain language.
I, like many others, firmly believe these problems were exacerbated by the amalgamation of both Central Coast councils.
I believe of the 20 NSW state council amalgamations only one was successful.
If there is a referendum it must include Council de-amalgamation.
The area is far too big for one council and councillors to travel from Lake Macquarie to the Hawkesbury River, especially if fewer councillors are to be elected.
All of the councillors are also being blamed but whatever happened to the board of directors being accountable for this debacle?
Mr. Murphy mentions various audits being taken before the problem was found.
Again why didn’t the directors (who are no doubt paid the big bucks) ask more questions and also the state auditor prior to the debacle called amalgamation caused by the NSW State Government?
This whole mess is left to the ratepayers who are expected to agree and pay higher rates.
Email, Feb 21
Tony Farina Kariong