No need for Bligh, says Playford

The former mayor of Noosa and ex-president of the Local Government Association of Queensland has a good idea what to do with the Queensland government – consign it to history like the Noosa Shire.

Noel Playford, on the day that premier Anna Bligh made a whistlestop tour of the new Peregian Springs State School, said with the government’s financial management record in recent years, the state would be better off without her and her cabinet.

“I have been very disappointed with the Labor government in recent years – they have stayed on too long,” Mr Playford told the Noosa News on Friday from Margaret River in West Australia, where he is presently touring.

“There will be more pressure coming from them that will push up council rates and you can already see that the cost of water is set to double.

“They mismanaged the boom times and now that we are in something nearer to normal times, we have been left in a hole financially.”

Mr Playford said the state government, by making south east Queensland virtually a collection of super councils, had sown the ground for its own extinction.

“The federal government is talking of taking over health, the federal police service is expanding, so who needs them?”

Mr Playford was commenting after being asked about the calls by the Local Government Association of Queensland annual conference in Brisbane for the state to better compensate councils.

A key area was on school infrastructure.

Mr Playford said it was good for councils to keep up the pressure to demand a fairer deal from the state, but in reality the screws were being turned more tightly as the state financial bottom line fell out.


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