Res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tion is on re­cruit­ment drive

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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