From the editor's desk
FOR several months now, we have been reporting on the chaos at the Whitsunday Regional Council. Yesterday, the chaos got worse.
Three councillors walked out of the council meeting in Bowen demanding a meeting with the Minister for Local Government David Crisafulli.
The Minister says he will meet with them but he says they have to sort out their differences and get on with the job. He is right. The mayor Jennifer Whitney is currently on annual leave but yesterday’s meeting, which lasted about five minutes, was not chaired by the Deputy Mayor Andrew Willcox.
It was chaired instead by Cr Jan Clifford who was appointed to take on this role by the mayor. Why do we have a Deputy Mayor if they are not in charge when the mayor is away?
It was a very unusual move and even the Minister was surprised.
Some people don’t like to admit that the council is divided but it is very obvious – and it’s not good for the future of our region. It was the three northern councillors who walked out yesterday.
It was a tactical move to ensure they get to speak to the Minister.
The council meeting had to be adjourned because there was no quorum.
Whether or not you support Cr Whitney; whether you live in the south or the north; and whether or not you agree with what the councillors did yesterday to prevent the meeting from going ahead – you must admit that this is a council in trouble and something needs to be done.
If they can’t have meetings then decisions can’t be made and that only leads to holding this region back.
We live in a beautiful part of the world and a great community. It’s an absolute shame that local government has got to this level. Now we just have to wait and see what happens when the Minister meets the councillors.