Dono­hue’s shock de­par­ture leaves Table­lands work­ing group in dis­ar­ray

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THE newly ap­pointed chair­man of Mackay Sugar’s re­cently formed Com­mu­nity Work­ing Group re­signed in a shock move last week. David Dono­hue was ap­pointed to the po­si­tion by CWG mem­bers at its in­au­gu­ral meet­ing just last month. Mr Dono­hue, the Queens­land Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, had been seen as the ideal chair of the group, given his ex­ten­sive back­ground in com­mu­nity con­su­la­tion. He said this of his sur­pris­ing de­ci­sion: ‘‘The only way that the CWG will achieve any­thing of ben­e­fit for the res­i­dents they rep­re­sent is to work con­struc­tively with all of the other par­ties in­volved to find sus­tain­able so­lu­tions rather than main­tain­ing what seems to be an en­trenched and ag­gres­sive stance.’’ Mackay Sugar com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Lorelei van Dalen said she was ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed with the out­come and that Mackay Sugar is now con­sid­er­ing its op­tions for the CWG.

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