From the Editor's desk
THE investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission into the former Whitsunday Regional Council has found the council was not corrupt – but that hasn’t stopped the blame game.
Former mayor Mike Brunker is calling on the current mayor Jennifer Whitney to resign.
The current mayor says the end of the investigation doesn’t change anything as the current council still has a $71.5 million debt. She says the completion of the investigation marks the time to draw a line in the sand and move on.
Mike Brunker is not likely to accept that. He has described the investigation as a “character assassination”.
The investigation may have finished but the fact remains that the former mayor and the current mayor are not likely to agree on anything.
The fact also remains that the current council does have a huge debt and the ratepayers are the ones that will have to suffer as a result for many years to come.
What is not clear is who is to blame as that all depends on who you talk to and who you believe.
We will probably never know exactly what happened but we need to be assured that the current council does move forward and allows the region to grow while paying off the debt.
On another mater...
IT is now only one week until the second annual Airlie Beach Music Festival.
Last year’s inaugural festival proved a hit with locals and visitors, putting Airlie on the map as destination for music-lovers from around the country and overseas. This year’s musical extravaganza, featuring 74 bands and more than 240 musicians from all over Australia and New Zealand will include a range of musical genres from rock to reggae, to blues, country, folk and hip-hop, performing across 18 venues.
This festival has huge potential to become a major event on the annual musical festival circuit.
Locals wanting to buy tickets are encouraged to do so in the coming days as the festival is now just over a week away.
There is a story and an advertisement about the festival on page 7 with the details about the tickets.