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Mayor tells Government not to touch Ergon

A RURAL mayor is warning the Queensland Government to keep its hands off Ergon Energy, praising the power firm's actions during a disaster.

North Burnett Mayor Don Waugh was on stage at a Local Government Association of Queensland meeting discussing his experiences as the leader of a township beset by a destructive flood.

Cr Waugh joined five other mayors on stage to reflect on how they faced flooding earlier this year..

His region, west of Bundaberg, was particularly hard hit in January as ex-tropical cyclone Oswald ravaged the area.

Cr Waugh said it was hard for the council when certain townships lost power "from Mundubbera to Eidsvold".

He then gave a stern warning to Energy Minister Mark McArdle, who was not in the room.

"Minister McArdle, please leave Ergon where they are in our regions," Cr Waugh said. "We can't do without them."

It would be a message for audience member and Local Government Minister David Crisafulli to pass on.

The State Government is considering recommendations to outsource regional Ergon depots with fewer than 15 workers, a move opposed by the Electrical Trades Union.

For the North Burnett, this would include Monto, Mundubbera and Biggenden.

According to the government, a decision was yet to be made.

Topics:  don waugh energy ergon mark mcardle north burnett regional council queensland government


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