Letters to the editor
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
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