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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.

Leanne Aber­nethy

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