MAYOR Wayne Kratzmann has rejected criticism that the council was to blame for delays of a Walter Rd motel development, accusing the developer of passing the buck.
The long-delayed development of a $5.4 million motel was originally due for completion six months ago, but has been pushed back several times.
The project was downgraded last year from a 42-room motel to 32 rooms as the developer encountered difficulty sourcing funding.
Developer of the Across Country Motels Development, Andrew Stewart, said the motel would still be built despite problems and said the council was slow in approving drainage at the site.
"I deal with a number of regional council and they are slow," Mr Stewart said.
Cr Kratzmann rejected any suggestion the council was responsible for delays and called the claim "a load of garbage".
"My office is always open for any development problems," Cr Kratzmann said.
"They know if they need anything done they can get through to the mayor at any time."
Mr Stewart said the discussions were still ongoing for the future of the project but could not give a date when construction would begin.
"Things are happening behind the scenes," Mr Stewart said.
But Cr Kratzmann said he had heard very little from developers about the project.
"They haven't been in contact with me in months," Cr Kratzmann said.
Mr Stewart said confidence in regional economies was an issue with securing funding, and was partly responsible for slowing development.
Despite the war of words, Cr Kratzmann said he still wanted the project to go ahead and wanted the developers to contact him if they needed any help from the council.