No north-south divide
The WRC councillor “walkout” sees a lot of the media falsely concentrating on a "north-south divide" issue.
This plays into the hands of the mayor, rather than acknowledge incompetent leadership.
Right from the start when I approached Crisafulli at the Ayr Cabinet meeting (April 2013) and when WRRA was set up in August 2013, we’ve never mentioned this as an issue.
WRRA made their number one resolution “Uniting the region”.
The petition of upwards of 3,000 signatures clearly talks about an incapable council with reference to decisions made by an incapable Mayor which are:
-Replacing experienced management with ineffective staff.
-Publishing misleading and inaccurate information.
-Financial mismanagement and loss of financial control.
-Unacceptable rate hikes and charges from ineffective financials management.
-Culture of councilor intimidation and toxic work environment.
-Lack of any vision for the future of the Whitsundays.
I've had irrefutable financial evidence to support 2-4 for 12 months, for whoever wants to listen.
WRC stakeholders (Residents, Employees), represented by WRRA sees the Mayor being the root cause of 1-6.
Add her unsuccessful CMC efforts to put the previous administration into jail, unsubstantiated employee benefit savings from the worst so called $853,000 efficiency report I’ve seen, zero community consultation and you can see why Cr Collins submitted his resignation 6 months ago because of her behaviour.
We've now three councillors, asking her “powerful friend in high places”, the Hon Crisafulli to also request a change of behavior.
The WRRA petition however says wake up David, appoint an administrator, with fresh council elections to appoint top performing staff before it goes further pear shaped.
John W Barnes BOWEN