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.