Will­cox de­clares con­flict

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

YES­TER­DAY’S meet­ing of the Whitsunday Re­gional Coun­cil re­vealed a per­son “re­lated” to the di­rec­tor of the pro­posed Shute Har­bour Ma­rina project was a contributor to Mayor An­drew Will­cox’s elec­tion cam­paign.

Cr Will­cox made this dec­la­ra­tion in a pre­pared state­ment and an­nounced that af­ter re­ceiv­ing le­gal ad­vice, he was declar­ing a “per­ceived” con­flict of in­ter­est.

“I was pro­vided with $2400 by an elec­tion cam­paign donor. Un­known to me at the time, this donor is re­lated to one of the di­rec­tors of the ma­rina (project),” he said.

The an­nounce­ment dur­ing the may­oral minute comes af­ter a coun­cil back­flip on its sup­port for the de­vel­op­ment at the last meet­ing.

Dur­ing the Whit­ney ad­min­is­tra­tion, the Whitsunday Coun­cil voted to ad­vise the State Gov­ern­ment it op­posed an ex­ten­sion of the de­vel­op­ment lease.

At the first meet­ing of the new coun­cil that de­ci­sion was ef­fec­tively over­turned. Cr Will­cox said there was no is­sue with the va­lid­ity of the res­o­lu­tion made on April 27, which stated coun­cil had no ob­jec­tion to the is­su­ing of a de­vel­op­ment lease.

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