MOTION FOR WMDL SPLIT
“WHEN we stood as Tourism Whitsundays on our own, we were so strong as an industry, being able to lobby solely... on what tourism needed.“
These were the words of former Whitsundays Marketing and Development acting CEO Danielle Krista who last week, put forward a motion on behalf of Cruise Whitsundays, that WMDL’s tourism and economic development functions split.
The motion, voted for in a meeting attended almost entirely by local tourism operators, read: “that the WMDL constitution be amended to re-establish the organisation as a solely tourism focused organisation and re-named ‘Tourism Whitsundays’.”
It went on to say the appropriate clauses of WMDL’s constitution were to be identified by a lawyer and an industry working group (comprised from the current tourism and business events strategic advisory groups) then presented and voted on by members at a general meeting to be held by March 1.
The working group will be asked to draft a business, financial and marketing plan, also for voting on by members.
While there was some concern raised over the future of the organisation’s economic side, a suggestion from Ms Krista for a separate motion regarding the formation of an economic transition team was not pursued by anyone present.
At yesterday’s Whitsunday Regional Council meeting in Bowen a motion that WMDL’s economic development function be immediately moved “in house” to council was rejected.
Instead, Cr Jan Clifford pro- posed the matter be tabled pending an emergency meeting on Friday involving the economic development team and the general meeting of members on March 1.
This motion was passed by five votes to one, with Cr John Collins against and Mayor Jennifer Whitney abstaining due to her position on the current WMDL board.
IN MOTION: WMDL's former acting CEO Danielle Krista holds a motion put forward on behalf of Cruise Whitsundays for WMDL's tourism and economic functions to split.
IN WRITING: Julie Sladek frames the motion on the whiteboard behind former WMDL chairman Jim Elder and board member Mayor Jennifer Whitney.