Crowd plan­ning an­other protest

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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