COUN­CIL IN CHAOS

Cr Collins re­signs

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

KEVIN Collins has an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion as the Di­vi­sion 2 coun­cil­lor of Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil, cit­ing in­tegrity is­sues as the rea­son for leav­ing his post mid-term.

Mr Collins, who is also the co-owner of Fish D’Vine in Air­lie Beach, said he did not want to en­gage in spec­u­la­tion, or fan the flames of cur­rent com­mu­nity con­cerns, other than to say he felt com­pro­mised by de­ci­sions he has made of late, which, while in the in­ter­ests of the wider com­mu­nity, did not co­in­cide with his own be­liefs, ethics or prin­ci­ples.

“I am sorry I will not be con­tin­u­ing to rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of the res­i­dents of Di­vi­sion 2 but ul­ti­mately, this be­came a mat­ter of prin­ci­ple,” he said.

Cr Collins said he was dis­ap­pointed to have let down those who voted for him and for caus­ing the in­con­ve­nience of a by-elec­tion, to be held within 12 weeks of the date his res­ig­na­tion takes ef­fect, next Mon­day, March 10.

In his res­ig­na­tion state­ment he con­ceded to hav­ing been “opin­ion­ated, pas­sion­ate and at times over­bear­ing, in re­spect to many of the is­sues be­fore coun­cil”. How­ever, he wished all those in Coun­cil ev­ery suc­cess work­ing through fu­ture chal­lenges and promised to fully sup­port the next Di­vi­sion 2 coun­cil­lor in any way pos­si­ble.

Mayor Jennifer Whit­ney said she re­spected Cr Collins for the de­ci­sion he had made.

“It has been a very chal­leng­ing term of Coun­cil with coun­cil­lors hav­ing to make some of the tough­est un­prece­dented de­ci­sions to bring Coun­cil back on track,” she said.

“I be­lieve these de­ci­sions have taken their toll on both Coun­cil and coun­cil­lors [and] when stand­ing for elec­tion I do not be­lieve any­one was truly aware of the sit­u­a­tion this coun­cil has found it­self in.

“There has been lit­tle to no abil­ity for any coun­cil­lor to deliver on elec­tion com­mit­ments, due to Coun­cil’s fund­ing con­straints as con­stantly we have been try­ing to achieve debt re­duc­tion.”

Cr Whit­ney thanked Cr Collins for his con­tri­bu­tions to Coun­cil and the com­mu­nity over the past 22 months and she wished him the best in his fu­ture en­deav­ours.

RE­SIGNED: Kevin Collins has quit half-way through the cur­rent coun­cil term.

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