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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

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