Cr Toms slams 'out-of-date' council report
COUNCILLORS have been denied access to the latest information on the plans to deal with the asbestos discovered at the controversial super depot project in South Grafton.
At the Clarence Valley Council meeting on Tuesday Cr Karen Toms attacked the lack of up to date information in the staff report to council on the Grafton Depot Rationalisation Project - South Grafton Sewage Treatment Plant Rehabilitation.
Initially Cr Toms sought to move the opposite to the recommendation contained in it, to receive and note the report, but this was voted down.
She asked the council's works director, Troy Anderson, why the report did not include costs on the council's contract to have asbestos contaminated soil taken to a location in South East Queensland.
Mr Anderson said the report to the council arose from a resolution in the November meeting and could not contain the information Cr Toms wanted because it had not been available at the time the report was prepared.
"At the time of writing the report a contractor had only just been engaged," Mr Anderson said. "At the time of writing there had been no costing because the contract arrangements had not been made."
This did not satisfy the councillor, who wondered why information Mr Anderson could provide at a public meeting and have placed on the council's webpage could not be in the report.
Responding to a point of order, the mayor, Jim Simmons, said the meeting agenda was prepared two week's in advance of the meeting, which put its deadline before the public meeting.
But Cr Toms continued her attack.
"The information was on the council website," she said. "It could have been included in the report to council.
"Old information has been given to councillors. It's an old report. We should not receive it, it's out of date."
Earlier Cr Toms also questioned Mr Anderson about the length of the contract to remove the soil.
"I've heard from a member of the public the contract with Lantrak in Queensland is for 12 weeks not the period mentioned on the website," Cr Toms said.
Mr Anderson said he had no knowledge of these details as this contract was likely be an arrangement between the council's contractor and another sub-contractor.
"The estimates we have received for the work are four to six weeks," Mr Anderson said.