LETTER: Rhetoric masks backlog

BRUCE MacKenzie (‘‘Bruce almighty’’ Herald 1/3) forgets, in all the rhetoric of Port Stephens being the most prosperous and go-ahead council, to include,  the huge $26million backlog in civil maintenance assets. 

While the mayor and his bloc are shifting the dollars around to fund highly visible projects such as the Shoal Bay improvements, surf clubs and the like, I believe the ratepayer is being hoodwinked.

 The queue jumping done over important other smaller projects, which have been in line for funding for many years, has been glossed over in my opinion. 

Even small pedestrian safety bays to help those with a disability get around are on the backburner until the next financial year. 

Our local roads are a bumpy mess. Upgrades to drainage, amenities blocks, playground maintenance and missing cycleway links are all being left out in the cold. The inadequate Tomaree Peninsula maintenance budget is a sham and yet, this area is the main tourism and economic driver for council.

Please spare me the rhetoric of “getting things done” and actually fund the basic services every ratepayer expects.  

 Margaret Wilkinson,

Corlette