Letters to the ed­i­tor

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

Busi­nesses closed

OVER 30 small to medium busi­nesses closed in Bowen in the last 24 months.

Mr Hed­ditch has taken the step of invit­ing Fed­eral Min­ster for Small Busi­ness, Bruce Bill­son to visit Bowen.

One has to ask, shouldn’t the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil be do­ing some­thing for the com­mu­nity in­stead of stick­ing the boot in while it’s down? Oh yeah that’s right Mayor Whit­ney and her CEO went to China at our ex­pense. Isn’t that the role of State and Fed­eral govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives? Chris­tine McNa­mara BOWEN

Not for sale

MY FAM­ILY has been con­tacted nu­mer­ous times re­cently by lo­cals as a re­sult of an ad­ver­tise- ment ap­pear­ing in the Do­main real es­tate lift out sec­tion of the Whit­sun­day Times in­di­cat­ing that a prop­erty in Riverview Drive, Riverview Es­tate, Mount Ju­lian is in the dis­trict of Brae­mar.

The real es­tate agent, First Na­tional, has used lit­er­ary li­cense to name Brae­mar as a lo­cal­ity be­cause of the his­toric sig­nif­i­cance to our prop­erty.

This bears no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to use the name of my prop­erty, par­tic­u­larly at the ask­ing price of $649,000.

Buy­ers be aware. You are not buy­ing Brae­mer House, which based on the phone calls to my fam­ily many of you have been mis­lead to be­lieve.

Any re­la­tion­ship to Brae­mar as a lo­cal­ity needs to be scru­ti­nized very care­fully by po­ten­tial pur­chasers. Ken Pan­nan OWNER BRAE­MER HOUSE

Levy ques­tioned?

WHEN the Coun­cil ap­plied to Trea­sury in March (af­ter the se­cond rates pay­ments), it showed $57.5 mil­lion as rates in­come to June, but in the unau­dited fig­ures to June, re­leased at the Coun­cil road show in Oc­to­ber, they showed only $54 mil­lion rates re­ceived - how do you lose $3 mil­lion in rates af­ter it has been col­lected?

Also in the Trea­sury ap­pli­ca­tion, Coun­cil stated they would have a $17 mil­lion op­er­at­ing deficit, and only $1.5 mil­lion in the bank at June 30, but posted an op­er­at­ing sur­plus of $13 mil­lion and ended up with $27.9 mil­lion in the bank – that’s a $30 mil­lion turn­around in three months and an ex­tra $26 mil­lion in the bank. How?

As Trea­sury stated on the re­leased re­port “these fig­ures were pre­pared by Coun­cil and not ver­i­fied by Trea­sury”.

On De­cem­ber 20, Coun­cil an­nounced that it would go into over­draft in Fe­bru­ary and March (and hit $10 mil­lion in Au­gust), but on Fe­bru­ary 5 Coun­cil an­nounced they would not be in over­draft in Fe­bru­ary and March, and as at last week’s Coun­cil meet­ing had $6-7 mil­lion in the bank.

In the Fe­bru­ary 5 news re­lease, the mayor chal­lenged the coun­cil­lors “to stand up and crit­i­cise the qual­ity of Coun­cil’s monthly fi­nan­cial state­ments”.

If the Coun­cil was sup­pos­edly des­ti­tute in June last year and needed $15 mil­lion emer­gency Trea­sury loan, why are they not us­ing it un­til next Au­gust – 14 months later.

So why have we been pay­ing the levy for ‘emer­gency fund­ing’ that has not been used? Chris Richards BOWEN

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