Letters to the editor
WE HAD another great night at the Airlie Bowls Club on Saturday night with about 200 patrons enjoying several soloists and a few bands for a packed bill.
The feature band The Brandy Project did a great set including a few Red Hot Chilli Pepper covers and supported the beautifull voice of Auburny Van der Kirk with her rendition of some great contemporary rock classics.
We had a vast array of styles on the night which is the essence of the Meet dubbed the “Song and Sizzle” and the crowd really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of the club and the company of like minded music lovers.
The next meet is on April 5 so everyone is invited to join in on the fun, see you there.
Mal Hawkins EVENT ORGANISER Thank you
ON BEHALF of the Whitsunday Touch Association I would like to sincerely thank the team at RPS Surveyors for donating their time to mark out a touch field for our club at the Whitsunday Sports Park on Monday.
They gave up their own time to mark out a field on the top oval and didn’t charge us a thing, which was very generous of them.
RPS did the same thing for us last year and everyone at the club is very grateful for their efforts.
Thanks again for supporting our local competition and touch football in the Whitsundays.
Mark Beale PRESIDENT OF THE WHITSUNDAY TOUCH ASSOCIATION Council concerns
THE Mayor's comments on your front page ( Whitsunday Times, February 13, 2014) "Council had tried on numerous occasions to answer WRRA's questions but they will not let us" requires an immediate answer (and from our Mayor too).
Here are just 2 key unanswered questions of many, from July through WRRA’s Dec 2013 council presentation.
(1) Why did WRC advise Treasury in April 2013 that "cash would be exhausted by June 2013", yet publicly report 2 months later, $29.4m cash at June 2013? Make no mistake on the detail either. Although this in- cluded the $10m loan, it did not include a $14m outstanding NDRRA debtor assumed to be paid in May, but not paid until July. The same advice forecasting a $17m deficit went to $14m surplus. Please explain why, using their own cash flow forecasts, WRC were out ~$30m+ in cash and operating surplus in just 2 months Ms Mayor?
2) What are the reasons for the Sept 2013 WRC Roadshow Water and Sewerage reported $106m cost exceeding your Aug’ 2012 Home Glossy 2013 Budget by $21m? (and Airlie Beach by $6m?) It is unacceptable to repeat "the previous administration told me porkies!" No Chairman and board of any company would allow management to not explain to shareholders. Why then should ratepayers be treated like this Ms Mayor?
The cynical acceptance of an $18 NDRRA overspend in March 2013 (now $14.5m?), to see “someone go to jail”, has been far exceeded by an unexpected $26+m of capital overspends (a young engineer, the latest casualty?) and $2.5m+ of employee overruns. Massive rates and charges, cost cutting is a self-fulfilling prophesy only now, to stop running out of our money due to $46m+ overspends (+$30m of lost NDRRA grants).
With no answers Ms Mayor, this is why WRRA has a petition with upwards of 2,000 signatures in just a few weeks , to give your no' one supporter Mr Crisafulli the financial reasons, why he must act to start the process for fresh elections rather than see more pear shaped WRC performance over the remaining 2 1/2 years.
John Barnes BOWEN Response
I APOLOGISE to Mr Pannan ( Whitsunday Times letters to the editor, February 13, 2014) if there was any confusion about his house being for sale.
I am sure most people responding to our advertisement have never heard of Braemer House, let alone believe that our home may be it.
Our house is a 2-storey, eight bedroom, specially designed Cape Cod home with 6m ceilings.
The price that we have our home listed for is purely an indication of our desire to relocate and build on our 17 acre block we’ve purchased at Foxdale.
Marco DeBoni 9 Riverview Drive, BRAEMER