CEO sets record straight

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Re­gional Coun­cil’s CEO Scott Wa­ters is un­able to com­ment fully about the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion re­gard­ing Coun­cil’s pur­chase of five front deck mow­ers be­cause it is be­ing as­sessed by the Crime and Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (CCC).

How­ever, he would like to set the record straight.

As stated in last week’s Whit­sun­day Times (March 5), the ten­der for the mow­ers was awarded to Bowen Power-’Quip & Cy­cles at a Coun­cil meet­ing on Novem­ber 26.

Whit­sun­day mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney left the room when the time came to vote, declar­ing an in­ter­est due to her fam­ily busi­ness ‘Proser­pine Ma­chin­ery’ also ten­der­ing for the sup­ply.

The fi­nal de­ci­sion was passed with deputy mayor An­drew Will­cox us­ing his cast­ing vote - but against the rec­om­men­da­tion of Coun­cil of­fi­cers and the plant and fleet com­mit­tee.

Ques­tions were then asked about the pro­cure­ment process by Cr Whit­ney’s daugh­ter, on be­half of Proser­pine Ma­chin­ery at the Coun­cil meet­ing of Jan­uary 28.

In last week’s front page story, ‘Coun­cil re­ferred to Crime Com­mis­sion’ the Whit­sun­day Times in­cor­rectly quoted Coun­cil’s CEO Scott Wa­ters as re­spond­ing to th­ese ques­tions.

It was in fact Coun­cil’s Direc­tor of Cor­po­rate Ser­vices, Gra­ham Jarvis, who read the writ­ten re­sponse, ad­mit­ting that Coun­cil had cho­sen to buy a prod­uct that was “not a front deck mower, as in­cluded in the spec­i­fi­ca­tions”.

The Whit­sun­day Times apol­o­gises for this er­ror.

Mr Wa­ters wishes to make it clear that for all plant and fleet ac­qui­si­tions, “Coun­cil and Coun­cil’s plant and fleet com­mit­tee fol­low a very lengthy and ro­bust process and make rec­om­men­da­tions to Coun­cil on the ba­sis of a num­ber of fac­tors and in par­tic­u­lar, in­put from the op­er­a­tors within Coun­cil”.

“Coun­cil­lors then ul­ti­mately make the de­ci­sion and on this oc­ca­sion the ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors made a de­ci­sion to award the ten­der to Bowen Power-’Quip,” he said.

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