Councillor to be investigated
THE man behind the record numbers in attendance at last week’s Council meeting, may well face retribution for inciting the crowd.
Cr Dave Clark asked the community to rally at a meeting of the Whitsunday Regional Residents’ Association last Wednesday night where the future of the Bowen Council chambers and its staff were discussed.
During Wednesday’s meeting, which was moved to the Bowen PCYC due to the size of the crowd, Cr Clark denied ever saying that the Bowen Council chambers were going to close.
“What I said at the meeting the other night was we weren’t going to close the Bowen office, I said we were going to turn it into a customer service centre,” he said.
While mayor Jennifer Whitney, Cr Jan Clifford and Council’s chief executive officer Scott Waters faced considerable hostility from the crowd, Cr’s Clark, Willcox and Ramage were applauded when they spoke.
At one point in the meeting it was Cr Clark who called the crowd to order so that matters could progress.
Though some might argue that Cr Clark was simply representing the people of his division, Cr Whitney believes this is not the case.
“Personally, I believe that Dave Clark has not responded in the interests of his community because there was nowhere in the report or its recommendations that this Council was going to close the office or sack the staff,” she said. “I personally believe he’s whipped up this frenzy and put Council in a very vulnerable situation [and] for someone to do that is misconduct under the Lo- cal Government Act and our code of conduct and the matter has been referred to the relevant authorities.”
INTERVENING: At one point during last Wednesday's Council meeting, Cr Dave Clark (centre) called the crowd to order when they would not listen to mayor Jennifer Whitney or CEO Scott Waters.