When the truth doesn’t matter
I HAVE been advised that contrary to Mr Barnes misleading statements, Council didn’t engage GHD or KPMG at all in relation to the 2011 NDRRA Program and the Local Government Infrastructure Services [LGIS] engagement was not done on the basis of audit but was conducted on the detail of flood damage that Council compiled for the 2011 claim.
It is outrageous to suggest that LGIS, jointly owned by the Queensland Treasury and the Local Government Association of Queensland would be party to defrauding Commonwealth and State Government disaster funding.
A detailed report presented to Council on 13 March 2013 which I attended clearly addressed the NDRRA program.
Barnes did not attend that meeting to hear the debate or further discussion that occurred however Councillors Ramage and Clarke did.
From my many attendances at council meetings, they clearly have abrogated their duty of care to the entire community by their failure to distance themselves and properly explain to the community that they were unaware of the massive costs over-runs under councils former Department of Infrastructure where a lack of formal qualifications saw them utilize Consultant Engineering firms.
An alternate view could be that they were fully aware of these cost over-runs and it has been their intention to destabilise the current administration.
It is for them alone to clarify this as requested by Mr Dufty in his question on notice at the last council meeting.
Yes, this is a soap opera based on distorted, inaccurate and mostly false information propagated to create a false impression that the mismanagement and lack of proper disclosure under the previous administration continues today and worse that the financial problems inflicted on the community by either incompetence or maybe dishonesty are in some way attributable to the current administration.
The councillors from Bowen showed conclusively at the aborted Bowen meeting that they are not interested in representing the entire Whitsunday community and are there only to represent less than 1/3 of the Whitsunday regions voters.
In fairness to Councillor Willcox, perhaps he has been misled.
Ross Plowman Treasurer WHITSUNDAY RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION