Council to be referred to state ombudsman
THE Whitsunday Regional Residents Association (WRRA) is referring Council to the Ombudsman over a lack of response to written requests for information.
The WRRA sent a letter to Council on April 8, requesting the provision of documents pertaining to the $850k productivity review and CEO Scott Waters’ drink-driving charge.
WRRA president Ross Newell said the association sent a second letter on April 29 after its initial correspondence was neither replied to nor acknowledged.
At the Council meeting in Proserpine on June 11, Mr Newell used public question time to bring the matter up.
As per the current protocol, chief financial officer, Matthew McGoldrick, responded to this question at yesterday’s Council meeting in Bowen, saying a written response had now been provided and he apologised for the delay.
Mr Newell said the response was far from satisfactory with Council refusing to provide the documents requested.
He said the WRRA would now be referring the matter to the Ombudsman and pursuing the documents under Right to Information requests.
“We don’t particularly want to dwell in the past, but the productivity commission report especially – that was the document they [used to] dismiss all the executives from the CEO down,” he said.
“The community has got a right to know, because ultimately the community paid for that.”
Mr Newell has also appealed to Council to engage with the WRRA and other community groups in preparing its upcoming budget, “because when it’s all boiled down, it’s the community that will have to finance this”.