Waters moves on and replacement rolls in
DID Scott Waters resign or was he pushed?
This was the question asked by many after the Whitsunday Regional Council CEO and Whitsunday Coast Airport Interim CEO resigned suddenly last Wednesday.
Just hours after his departure, former mayor Jennifer Whitney said she believed there had been a “sizeable push” from the current council and that his “resignation” came as no surprise.
“It was always mooted that Scott would be the first to go,” she said.
“The current mayor and other councillors in the boardroom didn’t like his innovative and progressive style.”
At a Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast the following morning, chamber president Kevin Collins echoed this concern.
“I would absolutely hope there is no political motive in this (because) if this is a square-up, the whole region suffers as a consequence,” he said.
Mr Collins, a former councillor himself, described Mr Waters’ departure as “an absolute tragedy” and said he was “quite frankly irreplaceable”, but that afternoon, Whitsunday Regional Council announced it had filled the role.
Former Gladstone Airport general manager Glenn Robinson stepped into the position of Airport Interim CEO on Tuesday and will be there until a permanent chief executive can be employed.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said Mr Robinson’s extensive experience in the aviation industry meant he was well placed to hit the ground running.
“Having managed airports and aerodromes in regional communities such as Gladstone and Roma, as well as the Norfolk Island International Airport, Glenn is well-positioned to lead the Whitsunday Coast Airport while Council undertakes a recruitment process for a new CEO,” Cr Willcox said.
Mr Waters meanwhile has already been snapped up by another council, with Rockhampton announcing his appointment as their airport manager last Thursday.
“I’ve had my eye on Scott and watched his work from a distance for four years and I was delighted when his application was received for the position,” Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow said.
Cr Willcox meanwhile was adamant Mr Waters’ resignation was simply that and said it came as a surprise to him and the councillors.
MOVING ON: Scott Waters. INSET: Former Gladstone Airport general manager Glenn Robinson, pictured in 2011, has been temporarily appointed to the Whitsunday Coast Airport.