Quirk promises ‘no trickery’ in council budget

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has promised there will be no “trickery” in the forthcoming budget for Brisbane city.

Opposition leader Milton Dick accused the Lord Mayor of tricking ratepayers by re-announcing existing projects in the budget.

“Why are you treating ratepayers with such contempt?” Cr Dick asked.

But Cr Quirk told today’s council meeting re-announcements of existing projects, such as the Open Level Crossing Projects at Robinson Road in Geebung and Telegraph Road in Bracken Ridge, would not headline the upcoming budget.

“It will be there for all to see, there will be no trickery. I won’t be running over the highlights of things that have already commenced,” Cr Quirk said.

“It will be a responsible budget and it will continue on the good work of this city over many years. It will be a budget that adds to the infrastructure of this city.”

Cr Quirk said the budget would be one which was formed in “tight economic circumstances”, which Cr Dick questioned.

The Lord Mayor responded by promising the council there would be no “enormous black hole” like the one left by the previous Labor administration.

“I answer questions from an Opposition whose reputation is in tatters when it comes to financial affairs. Cr Dick comes to the chamber with no credibility on budget matters,” Cr Quirk said.

The budget will be presented by the Lord Mayor on 12 June.

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