Time to get out the axe

OUR shire council never ceases to amaze.

Four months ago, new Cr Ben Bell said the shire could cut rates by at least eight per cent by reducing costs in key areas that he read out to the council’s April meeting.

When the full text of his speech was published a week later in the May Herald, it sparked howls of outrage from longer-serving councillors who claimed Cr Bell was misleading ratepayers and spreading ‘half-truths’.

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Michael Sinclair-Jones