TRANS­PARENCY means no hid­den agen­das and the avail­abil­ity of all the facts re­quired for col­lec­tive de­ci­sion mak­ing and ac­count­abil­ity.

Touted by coun­cil can­di­dates, we can only take their word.

How­ever those seek­ing re-elec­tion can be judged on their past per­for­mance.

Mayor Whit­ney and Cr Clifford promised trans­parency in 2012.

Botched is­sues like co­conut palms, cy­cle tracks, high-rise, pub­lic fore­shore, round­abouts, pedes­tri­ans and traf­fic - in Clifford’s divi­sion alone - were hardly trans­par­ent.

PCYC pub­lic “con­sul­ta­tion” on high­rise was a farce.

Whit­ney didn’t turn up and Clifford pre­var­i­cated over the pub­lic’s de­mand for an ex­ten­sion of the sub­mis­sions’ dead­line.

At the Reef Gate­way Meet the Coun­cil­lors, Whit­ney and Clifford were asked why the coun­cil had breached its com­mit­ment to re­lease last year’s sub­mis­sions on high-rise.

They blamed the other coun­cil­lors but the coun­cil min­utes tell a dif­fer­ent story. More smoke and mir­rors.

So where are the sub­mis­sions and the umpteenth new plan passed to con­crete over Air­lie?

Fail­ure to up­hold an elec­tion prom­ise is not only con­tempt but a breach of our elec­tion con­tract. An­drew Mar­shall Can­non­vale

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