Wa­ters moves on and re­place­ment rolls in

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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.

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