Residents association is on recruitment drive
EXECUTIVE committee members from the Bowenbased Whitsunday Regional Residents Association have been in Proserpine and Airlie Beach this week on a recruitment drive.
The association, whose key resolutions are for Council to unite the region, lose the levy, fix the water tariff and explain the financials, has been well supported in the northern part of the shire, but less so in the south.
A stall at the Airlie Beach markets on Saturday and information sessions at Proserpine’s O’Duinn’s Irish Pub and Cannonvale’s Reef Gateway Hotel on Tuesday were all part of a drive to reach more potential members from the south.
Association president Ross Newell said although a limited number of people turned up to the meeting in Proserpine, the committee members took to the streets to canvas the opinions of the local business community
“It was very worthwhile for us - it gave us a feeling certainly for the commercial sector of the town,” he said.
About 10 people attended the presentation at the Reef Gateway Hotel where committee member John Barnes described Council as “poorly led and in total disarray”.
“They’ve got no accountability whatsoever for what they’re spending of our money – that’s the reason we’ve got a problem – it’s because they’ve been looking backwards, focussing on the past while Rome burns,” he said. Mr Newell said the jury was “still out” in terms of evaluating the success of this meeting.
“It was disappointing from the point of view of representation but certainly we gained insight from the people that were there,” he said.
The WRRA will now take a break from canvassing for support over the festive season but Mr Newell said they expected to take further action after rate notices were issued in the new year.
RECRUITMENT DRIVE: Whitsunday Regional Residents Association executive members Trevor Anderson and John Barnes were at the Reef Gateway Hotel on Tuesday, delivering presentations and recruiting new members.