Council applauded over BHP cash coup
Saturday, 30th January, 2016
By Erica Visser
Accolades have rolled in for City Council since the successful securing of a significant donation by BHP Billiton was announced on Thursday.
Hundreds of locals shared the news on social media, with many congratulating Mayor Wincen Cuy and fellow staff on the successful negotiations which came after the city was heritage-listed a year ago.
“Great work by our councillors and key staff!” said well-known businessman Peter Nash.
“Broken Hill needs to have a positive mindset and make things happen rather than whinging about weeds & roads!”
Council’s former general manager, Frank Zaknich, also took the opportunity to congratulate his past colleagues on their efforts via a succinct post.
“Nice work Broken Hill City Council and BHP Billiton,” the Albury Council GM posted on Council’s page.
But like any big news, the announcement wasn’t immune to criticism with a number of locals wondering whether the chosen projects were worthy causes.
“What about water, what about jobs, what about lead problems?” one Facebook user wrote, whilst another was more succinct with “What a load of crap!”
Others suggested there should be some level of community engagement before the money was spent, prompting Cr Christine Adams to reinforce it had been earmarked by BHP for the ‘parklet’ and archive projects specifically.
“BHP has stipulated how the money will be spent,” she posted.
“All excellent projects and great news for our city.”
Council management played a pivotal role in securing the funds, with special mention during speeches going to Manager Economic Development and Culture, Andrea Roberts.