From the editor's desk
THERE is certainly a lot of interest in what is happening at Whitsunday Regional Council.
Yesterday, 100 people attended the council meeting in Proserpine. Council had announced at the end of last week that the meeting would be moved to the Proserpine Entertainment Centre because a large crowd was expected – and that only 100 people would be allowed in. They all had to sign in.
The previous meeting in Bowen had to be moved from the Council chambers to the PCYC to accommodate an even larger crowd.
At yesterday’s meeting, there were security guards in place. Emotions are obviously running high. There will be a by-election in coming weeks as one councillor has already resigned. Cr Kevin Collins cited “integrity” issues and quit mid-way through the current term.
He was hoping that former mayor Mario Demartini would contest the election unopposed but that hasn’t happened.
Already, four people have put up their hands to run for Division 2.
Whoever you support and whatever the financial situation of the Council, it was mentioned in this column last week that there had been personal attacks.
These attacks are not just at the current mayor and councillors but also at people who support or don’t support them.
As mentioned last week, passion is great but to see people so emotional that they are personally attacking each other is a sad state of affairs in the Local Government arena.
It’s two years until the next Council election and that will be a long two years for the council and the public if this chaos continues.
It would also be sad if talented and skilled people who may have been thinking about contesting the next election decided against it because of the current chaos but that is certainly possible.