Crowd planning another protest
BUS-LOADS of protesters may travel from Bowen to next week’s Council meeting in Proserpine.
There have been several posts on the Whitsunday Regional Residents Association (WRRA) Facebook page calling for people to attend the meeting.
Last week’s meeting in Bowen was moved from the Council Chambers to the PCYC so that members of the 700-person crowd who wanted to attend were afforded that opportunity.
Cr Whitney said plans would be put in place to deal with any potential protest next week.
She also said she believed the situation was “politically driven”.
Whitsunday Ratepayers Association (WRA) secretary Tony Moscato said the crowd at last Wednesday's meeting was made up of troublemakers, "non-ratepayers" and Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and Australian Worker's Union (AWU) members.
Mr Moscato said his association was trying bridge a tense divide between residents in Bowen and Airlie Beach but a group of people were "playing a dirty game" in an attempt to "bring down" the financially-troubled council and its current administration.
An AWU spokesperson said the union was "not involved" in the Bowen meeting last week.
There have also been several posts on the WRRA Facebook page denying that there was any union involvement in the protest last week.