Residents association is on recruitment drive
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.