No north-south di­vide

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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