When the truth doesn’t mat­ter

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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