WHEN council has a version two Draft WRC Planning Scheme that has been subject to public consultation, why then would Mayor Whitney want to submit a third version to the minister?
That is exactly what happened on December 9, 2015, when the mayor presented it to a full council meeting.
That version was then voted down 5/2 with only Councillor Collins and Mayor Whitney supporting it, and with the mayor then subsequently endeavouring to repeal it, despite the fact that the Airlie Beach community had demonstrated strongly at a public meeting as to how they felt.
Now another councillor, Jan Clifford, wants a version three to come back again for consultation, even though it was rejected by councillors including herself, and instead (of ) a version four, voted for community consultation.
So there we have it – councillors who will not accept a majority vote and will attempt any strategy to get their own way?
At least council is now in caretaker mode and this should limit the amount of nonsense that we have seen over the past few months. With an election looming it is certainly time that we stepped back and addressed these issues.
Time for a change? You be the judge
Ross Newell President WRRA Bowen