Apol­ogy to Mr Wang

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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