CEO sets record straight
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.