Min­is­ter to ad­dress Coun­cil

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS – WHITSUNDAY REGIONAL COUNCIL CHAOS -

QUEENS­LAND’s Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli has con­firmed he will travel to Bowen to meet with all Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil­lors as soon as prac­ti­cally pos­si­ble.

“I in­tend to get up there in the next cou­ple of weeks,” he said, af­ter a meet­ing with the three north­ern coun­cil­lors, Dave Clark, Peter Ra­m­age and Andrew Will­cox, in Bris­bane this week.

Cr’s Clark, Ra­m­age and Will­cox flew to Bris­bane to meet with the Min­is­ter on Tues­day af­ter their shock exit from last week’s Coun­cil meet­ing in Bowen.

While he could not speak on the record due to Coun­cil’s me­dia pol­icy, Cr Clark did say there were sev­eral is­sues he and his col­leagues ur­gently needed to dis­cuss.

He also de­scribed the fact that mayor Jennifer Whit­ney del­e­gated to Cr Jan Clif­ford to chair the meet­ing in her ab­sence, as “the straw that broke the camel’s back”.

Min­is­ter Crisa­fulli has been tightlipped since Tues­day’s meet­ing al­though prior to this he was fairly vo­cal on where he stood, liken­ing the sit­u­a­tion to a “rock show” in a ra­dio in­ter­view con­ducted last week.

Mr Crisa­fulli also crit­i­cised the mayor for her de­ci­sion to del­e­gate to a coun­cil­lor rather than the deputy mayor, say­ing she got this “dead wrong” ( Whit­sun­day Times, March 27).

Cr Whit­ney re­turned from an­nual leave this week and said she be­lieved she had acted in ac­cor­dance with the Lo­cal Govern­ment Act.

She also said she was “very dis­ap­pointed” by the Coun­cil­lors’ ac­tions last week.

“It’s been a very hard road, with the ma­jor­ity or half the Coun­cil work­ing in one di­rec­tion and the other half of Coun­cil pulling it apart with be­ing ill-in­formed,” she said.

De­spite this, Cr Whit­ney still be­lieves the sit­u­a­tion is re­triev­able.

“And I be­lieve that’s what the Min­is­ter will be telling each and ev­ery one of us, not just the three coun­cil­lors – that we need to work col­lec­tively as a team to deliver out­comes that are ben­e­fi­cial to the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“By work­ing against one an­other, we’re not go­ing to achieve any­thing.”

Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Govern­ment David Crisa­fulli.

Coun­cil­lor Andrew Will­cox.

Coun­cil­lor Peter Ra­m­age.

Coun­cil­lor Dave Clark.

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