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