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I AT­TENDED last week’s coun­cil meet­ing in Bowen and wit­nessed the most dis­gust­ing dis­play of bias, hate and ig­no­rance made by a rab­ble of mis­in­formed pre­sumed res­i­dents and ratepay­ers from Bowen.

In all my years of com­mu­nity ac­tivism from the Shoal­haven NSW, in­ner city Syd­ney and for the past 20 years in Whit­sun­days, I have never seen such venom aimed at par­tic­u­lar coun­cil­lors.

In our so­ci­ety, cries of “kill them”, “kill her” are not the ac­tions of rea­son­able people ex­er­cis­ing their demo­cratic right to protest.

What small group or en­tity is ma­nip­u­lat­ing this mob and to what agenda?

Even when in­for­ma­tion they called for was be­ing pre­sented to them they wouldn't stop their vi­cious and ill-in­formed heck­ling to lis­ten.

I could sup­pose that the in­for­ma­tion be­ing given wasn't what they wanted to hear.

Or per­haps they thought their be­hav­iour would cause a riot? For­tu­nately that didn't hap­pen; per­haps the ar­rival of the po­lice had some­thing to do with that?

Well, facts are facts and truth is truth and even­tu­ally both will win out over blind ig­no­rance. For in­stance, none of the per­sons I asked had ever at­tended a coun­cil meet­ing be­fore.

Where were they all through 2008/9/10?

Per­son­ally, once amal­ga­ma­tion was a fact, I have al­ways tried to think and act on the premise that we are “one” com­mu­nity. But af­ter that meet­ing, I think the Bowen ma­jor­ity of rea­son­able res­i­dents need to do their own re­search and start to ques­tion the per­sons who are rep­re­sent­ing them at the mo­ment.

It's not a pretty pic­ture. Faye Chap­man CANNONVALE

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