Mayor’s right

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS - Ross Plow­man TREA­SURER WHIT­SUN­DAY RATEPAY­ERS AS­SO­CI­A­TION

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.

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