IN RESPONSE to your online article titled “Claims ‘troublemakers’ hijacked Bowen meeting” (www.whitsundaytimes.com.au) - I want to say - what a load of nonsense.
Never have I seen such a misinformed poorly researched piece of rubbish. The Whitsunday Regional Council meeting was attended by over 1300 residents, with 800 of them following the meeting down to the Bowen PCYC to participate in the full meeting.
These were the official numbers reported by local police.
The gathering was in response to revelations at a public meeting held by the Whitsunday Regional Ratepayers Association on Monday February 24, that Council was looking to adopt a report that would see the closure of the Bowen Council Office.
It was organised by the people of Bowen...not a bunch of ‘troublemakers’ as you have so disgracefully implied.
The people of the Whitsunday region are watching the rapid destruction of our economy at the hands of a poor performing, dishonest and toxic Council and they have had enough. You cannot tell me that the attendance of over 1300 people in a town of around 8000, many of which closed the doors to their businesses just to attend and protest against Council, is the work of a ‘few troublemakers’.
People are hurting and want to be heard. Kaylene Ascough BOWEN