Air­port ques­tions

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

I HAVE read the ar­ti­cle in last week’s Whit­su­day Times re­gard­ing the air­port joint ven­ture and wish to en­quire on this com­mer­cial is­sue fur­ther.

My first point is why would the ques­tion over com­pen­sa­tion, asked at a can­di­date’s fo­rum, be con­firmed by the mayor, but then negated by the CEO?

I can say with con­fi­dence there was an orig­i­nal amount of $800k (com­pen­sa­tion) and that has now been ne­go­ti­ated down but by how much?

Ques­tions still re­main as fol­lows:

What is the over­all and to­tal cost?

Where or is this dis­closed within the bud­get?

Is this ex­pense ac­counted for and or ap­proved by state?

Can we have con­fir­ma­tion that the joint ven­ture has failed?

If so, when is the com­pen­sa­tion due to be paid and how is this to be funded?

If this an­swer is this is “not true” or a “no”, I ap­pre­ci­ate the re­sponse from coun­cil and then let’s move on!

If it is a “yes”, then what strat­egy or ac­tions are in place, or re­quired to amend, or at least mit­i­gate any costs fur­ther if pos­si­ble to the re­gion, along with how to elim­i­nate any re­cur­rence in the fu­ture re­gard­less of who is elected to coun­cil.

Per­son­ally - I be­lieve the de­vel­op­ment of the air­port to in­ter­na­tional is a pro­ject worth pur­su­ing to bring to fruition, but not on the above risks con­tained within the com­mer­cial terms and con­di­tions and as­so­ci­ated costs.

An­other point which I be­lieve would be valid is re­gard­ing com­mer­cial con­fi­den­tial­ity.

My ques­tion would be, when it comes to pub­lic funds, legally how does a con­fi­den­tial­ity clause ex­e­cuted over-ride dis­clo­sure of cost to the pub­lic and by what means, pro­ce­dure or grounds is this ap­proved and by whom?

As a mem­ber of the com­mu­nity I sim­ply ask that th­ese com­mer­cial ques­tions be an­swered for the pur­pose of trans­parency for all. Colin Thomp­son Can­non­va­l­ley

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