As­so­ci­a­tions meet with Coun­cil to dis­cuss fi­nan­cial con­cerns

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

AS THE Whit­sun­day Times went to press yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, a meet­ing was in progress be­tween Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil and the re­gion’s two ratepay­ers as­so­ci­a­tions.

The meet­ing was ini­ti­ated by the newly re-named Whit­sun­day Re­gional Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (WRRA) with the pur­pose of es­tab­lish­ing Coun­cil’s true fi­nan­cial po­si­tion.

WRRA pres­i­dent Ross Newell of Bowen said mem­bers of his or- gan­i­sa­tion wanted clar­i­fi­ca­tion on what he called “dis­crep­an­cies” in Coun­cil’s fi­nan­cial re­port­ing.

“If Coun­cil can dis­prove the state­ments we have made then we would wel­come [that] – if not then we ex­pect they will ac­knowl­edge the short­com­ings in the re­ports and ad­dress them ac­cord­ingly,” he said. “Ei­ther way, the com­mu­nity de­serves to have an un­der­stand­ing of Coun­cil’s fi­nan­cial po­si­tion.”

Also at the meet­ing were rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Whit­sun­day Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion in­clud­ing pres­i­dent Tony Moscato who main­tains that by con­trast, mem­bers of his or­gan­i­sa­tion are “happy with what we’ve got”.

Mr Moscato says the WRRA needs to un­der­stand that this Coun­cil is pay­ing the bill for com­mit­ments made by the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion, “which were not re­ally funded”.

He de­scribed the WRRA as a “dis­grun­tled bunch of guys” who were try­ing to un­der­mine the cur­rent Coun­cil.

Mr Newell how­ever, dis­puted this, along with ac­cu­sa­tions that the WRRA was draw­ing a di­vi­sive line be­tween the north and south.

“Ul­ti­mately we would hope the two or­gan­i­sa­tions would come to­gether with a pos­i­tive voice for the com­mu­nity as a whole,” he said.

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