Apology to Mr Wang
DEAR Mr Wang, your request for an extension until after Chinese New Year (February 8-13) to settle the bank guarantee was voted down by the three “Bowen” councillors at the council meeting of February 3.
As an ordinary property owner in Airlie Beach, I apologise.
You recognise and respect our Australian Christmas break and subsequent business closures for holidays. You weren’t offered the same respect.
The decision gave no consideration to your Chinese New Year, refusing to accommodate your request for settlement whilst your banks, businesses and connections were closed.
I apologise on behalf of a large, unknown number, of Whitsunday residents for this and for how the huge amount of goodwill and charity money you have already invested in this, your new home area, has been ignored.
Furthermore, I apologise for the fact the vote was 3-3 with Mayor Whitney excusing herself, which meant the casting vote was left to one Bowen man to decide the fate of hundreds, maybe thousands, of people in the area who want you to succeed.
One man, who, in a so called democratic system was allowed two votes – his own and the casting vote, to defeat your request.
I apologise for his quote “we should start again with a clean slate”. I didn’t realise the slate was dirty.
Mr Wang, I hope you can find a way to continue and complete your project.
Art Shaw Airlie Beach