THE true state of coun­cil’s fi­nances and their fi­nan­cial man­age­ment is there for all to see; much of it over­seen and val­i­dated by the State Govern­ment. Over the past two years the Whit­ney coun­cil have re­peat­edly is­sued state­ments and fi­nan­cial re­ports to the pub­lic and have or­gan­ised sev­eral pub­lic meet­ings to ex­plain and dis­cuss fi­nan­cial is­sues in a com­mend­ably trans­par­ent way.

The mo­tives of this Barnes led group ap­pear to be quite clear; their tac­tics quite sim­ple.

They clearly be­lieve that if they are able to man­u­fac­ture a sit­u­a­tion of chaos within the cur­rent coun­cil or drive it into ad­min­is­tra­tion, then coun­cil will not have the where­withal to ad­dress ques­tions of fi­nan­cial mis­man­age­ment still lin­ger­ing from the for­mer Brunker/Fin­lay coun­cil.

Barnes and co are at­tempt­ing to muddy the wa­ters and pro­tect those who were a party to the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Brunker coun­cil and they are do­ing it at po­ten­tially great cost to the vast ma­jor­ity of de­cent Bowen res­i­dents and ratepay­ers - and the rest of the re­gion.

All this de­lib­er­ate dis­rup­tion is, of course, hav­ing a neg­a­tive ef­fect on the ef­fi­cient run­ning of the Whit­sun­day re­gion and is sad­dling the ratepay­ers with ex­tra and un­nec­es­sary ex­pense. The dis­rup­tions, alone, of the last three coun­cil meet­ings, en­gi­neered by Barnes and his cronies, have cost the re­gion sev­eral thou­sand dol­lars.

It is time for coun­cil and the state govern­ment to take the strong­est pos­si­ble ac­tion to end this de­lib­er­ate, de­struc­tive and costly ex­er­cise in abuse.

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