THE Local Government Association has clearly confirmed that Mayor Whitney had every right to appoint Councillor Clifford to chair last week’s council meeting in Bowen. Mayor Whitney has already stated her reasons for this publicly.
When the three northern Councillors, Ramage, Clark and Willcox, walked out of last Wednesday’s council meeting they were, to put it simply, continuing to pursue an ongoing agenda.
That agenda is to mislead the community in order to bring about the deliberate destabilization of the current Whitsunday Regional Council.
It is being driven by a small group within the recently formed Bowen Residents Association, led by John Barnes.
Barnes has continued, relentlessly, to throw unfounded accusations of financial mismanagement and incompetence at Mayor Whitney and her council and staff.
He embellishes these with over-length, weekly diatribes in local media, convoluted and provocative questions from the floor and a welter of opaque and unintelligible accountancy based arguments.
Barnes is clearly of the belief that his nonsensical numbers, if repeated often enough, will have the desired effect of discrediting Ms Whitney and her staff.
Not a single one of Mr Barnes’ attacks have, however, been shown to have any validity whatsoever.