TED Sorensen has slammed the council for its decision to scrap the corporate model of Wide Bay Water.
"I think the rest of the councillors need to go and get their balls back from the CEO," Mr Sorensen said.
"(Councillor) George (Seymour, who voted against the decision) was the only one to show any brains."
Mr Sorensen was the Mayor of Hervey Bay City Council when water and sewerage services first moved to a corporate model in 2002.
He remembers the state of water services in Hervey Bay before Wide Bay Water, such as when Coconut Grove Caravan Park erupted one day in a fountain of sewerage from a busted pipe.
Broken mains, illegal connections and major leakage problems were just a few of the issues the HBCC had to deal with, and after years of research, they decided the corporate model was the way to fix them.
Ten years later, and many of these problems are a thing of the past, and as he reflected on the good work done by WBW, Mr Sorensen could not hide his disappointment in the decision to abandon the corporate experiment.
"It is a backward step," he said.
"Water and sewerage is one of the most important things for a council to get right."
After being told of Mr Sorensen's remarks, Fraser Coast Regional Council chief executive officer Lisa Desmond said she had no comment.
Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the decision came purely from the councillors.
"It was the elected members doing what we were elected to do."
Councillor Rolf Light said he was satisfied he got all the information he requested in order to make a decision on the facts.
Councillor Stuart Taylor said he was disappointed in the comments from Mr Sorensen.
"If he had a genuine concern over WBW I would have expected this could have been raised prior to the decision being made, not criticising it after the fact," he said.
Cr O'Connell acknowledged the great work done by WBW employees over the years, but said the councillors needed to make their decisions based on what would make water and sewerage services the most viable for the years to come.
He said two sets of independent advice from consultants, commissioned by WBW and then the council, advised that the current corporate model was not the most viable.
Mr Sorensen said "the problem with consultants is they will go with a Rolls Royce, gold-plated system, and then charge a 10% commission".
The vote to return the management of water and sewerage services to the control of the council was passed by a vote of nine to one, with Cr Seymour voting against the move and Cr Phil Truscott absent.
Opportunity has come a knocking there is no need to look any further, this recently renovated home is simply luxury! Featuring 5 bedrooms 2 bathrooms a unique...
This custom built home is designed perfectly for dual living, occupying a large corner block with two-street access, in an elevated position with delightful valley...
This is a vibrant home full of lovely surprises! Close to the central business , shops and schools of Buderim, this duplex is larger than most new homes today.
Huge, level 1/2 acre plus allotments, that's approx. 4-5 times larger than you average suburban lot! All with stunning water views and many with sandy beaches in...
Purpose built for the ever expanding Sunshine Coast University this is an investment that will continue to perform year after year. This 4 bedroom ground floor...
One of the first mud brick homes to be built on the Sunshine Coast, this cottage is absolutely stocked to the brim with character and charm. Sitting on over...
This stunning estate is located at the end of a private lane-way on 40 acres, ( 16.19ha) of exclusive acreage. The stunning views look out over your own two...
This Beautiful home is Set on 1â3+ acre (1512m) outside the village of Woombye, this well-maintained and charming light-filled home has three bedrooms, a study...
Leave the car and walk to beach, coffee, restaurants and shopping.This 3 bedroom, 2 bath light filled unit comprises all the modern conveniences including en suite...
This complete family Brightwater home is sure to please with 4 bedrooms all with built- in wardrobes, a well-appointed en-suite and a spacious...
Join the Community.
Get your local news, your way.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.