Res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tion is on recruitment drive

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MEM­BERS of the Bowen-based Whit­sun­day Re­gional Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (WRRA) will be head­ing south on a recruitment drive over the com­ing week.

The WRRA will have a pres­ence at the Air­lie Beach mar­kets, this Satur­day, De­cem­ber 14 and at Proser­pine’s O’Duinn’s Ir­ish Pub from 10am-4pm next Tues­day, De­cem­ber 17. This will be fol­lowed by a pub­lic meet­ing at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel from 5.30pm-7.30pm.

WRRA pres­i­dent Ross Newell said these meet­ings were an op­por­tu­nity for ratepay­ers and res­i­dents not sat­is­fied with Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil’s rates, levies and wa­ter tar­iff, to join the 500-plus mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tion.

He said WRRA pre­sented an al­ter­na­tive to the Air­lie Beach-based Whit­sun­day Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (WRA), which re­cently stated “we trust and sup­port our pre­sent Coun­cil and fully agree with their fi­nan­cial man­age­ment”.

WRA pres­i­dent Tony Moscato con­firmed this was in­deed his as­so­ci­a­tion’s stance say­ing, WRRA ac­cu­sa­tions about Coun­cil in- com­pe­tency were “un­founded”. “The ratepay­ers have elected the best peo­ple for the job and the coun­cil­lors have elected the best of­fi­cers for the job, so we can’t now be un­happy about our choices,” Mr Moscato said.

“What you see is what you get. We’ve got to get on board and make this work.”

Ex­ec­u­tives from the two as­so­ci­a­tions came face to face with each other and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Coun­cil at a meet­ing last week.

Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney de­scribed the meet­ing as pro­duc­tive and said she was con­fi­dent the ma­jor­ity of con­cerns were ad­dressed.

Mr Newell did not agree, say­ing WRRA sec­re­tary John Barnes was “evicted” af­ter one hour and 20 min­utes for reg­u­larly ask­ing the mayor “to hold the WRA par­tic­i­pants to the topic of fi­nan­cial dis­cus­sions rather than per­sonal at­tacks on WRRA mem­bers”.

Mr Moscato said Mr Barnes’ ques­tions were so tech­ni­cal, he could never have achieved the re­sponses he was seek­ing in the two-hour pe­riod al­lowed.

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