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Row at final council meeting

Outgoing Mayor Tony McGrady defended his council’s record from attack by former mayor Ron McCullough.FORMER Mayor Ron McCullough used the final meeting of the current Mount Isa City Council to launch a stinging attack on outgoing mayor Tony McGrady.
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Mr McCullough spoke during the public session of the meeting saying theMayor had broken numerous promises andMount Isa’sfinancial situation had deteriorated during the life of the current council.

“Within four years you have increased average residential rates by more than $550 a year not to mention the $400 levy to cover water mismanagement,”Mr McCullough said.

“Under your care the city has suffered a great loss of amenity…All we’ve got instead is a self-promotingmayor for four years.” Mr McCullough said.

Mr McCullough said beautification had gone back eight years and the removal of trees at Buchanan Park was “unforgivable.”

Mayor McGrady hit back defending his own record of never having lost anelection andsaying Mr McCullough had lost the chance to bea good elder statesman for the city with constant personal attacks.

“You were the only mayor of the city to be booted out of office,” Cr McGrady said.

Mr McCullogh was mayor of Mount Isa from 1990 for 18 yearsbut was defeated in 2008 by John Molony.

Meanwhile Cr McGrady went on to defend his own record in the final meeting of this term.

“As a council, we can be immensely proud of the fact that this councilhas far exceeded the contributions of former councils in terms offunding for major infrastructure and capital works, with most areas ofspending more than double that of the prior council, while bringing inone of the lowest rates increase in many years,” Cr McGrady said.

“In the four years from 2012 to 2015, general rates increased by just5.94 per cent, compared with 28.8 per cent of the previous council.

“This council increased water rates by 12.3 per cent compared with 60.6per cent for the previous council, our sewerage rates rose by 13 percent compared with 27.6 per cent, and our garbage rates were keptdown to a 16.17 per cent increase compared with 27.8 per cent.”

Cr McGrady saidhiscouncil spent$16 million on road projects in four years compared with $9 million by theformer council.

“Water supply and sewerage infrastructure tells a similarstory, with this council spending $28 millioncompared with $2 millionof the lastcouncil,” he said.

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