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Mu­sic meet

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

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