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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Whitsunday Regional ResidentsAssociation (WRRA) claims about the Council are completely inaccurate, irresponsible and harmful to the local Whitsunday community.
“I met with the Local Government Minister David Crisafulli on Monday and he completely supports the current Whitsunday Regional Council,” Mayor Whitney said.
“In fact Minister Crisafulli is of the opinion that any suggestion this council should be sacked andan administrator sent in is unfair and should not be entertained,” she said.
Mayor Whitney said the Minister has also said:
“Even the harshest critics must acknowledge the council inherited a financial mess fromthe previous administration.” (Townsville Bulletin, 20/01/14)
“This shows the WRRA’s continued campaign against the council is unfounded, politicallymotivated and harmful to the local community,” she said.
“After explaining the Whitsunday Regional Council finances a number of times to the WRRA andoffering them a number of meetings where Council listened to their concerns and providedanswers, it is now obvious that their continual attack on the Council is politically motivated.
“The latest effort from the WRRA is again another desperate attempt to gain some sort of credibility in the local community.
“The WRRA are an organisation who is continually looking backwards, calling for officers from the previous Council administration to be reinstated - while everyone in the Whitsunday area knows the financial mess we find ourselves in is due to this previous administration.
“WRRA’s suggestion that administrators should be sent in is harmful to economic development in the local area and would also cost a fortune and send the region backwards.
“While WRRA has been continually looking backwards with their vindictive agenda the Council are getting on with the job of fixing the Council’s finances and promoting the region for furtherinternational economic development.
“A prime example of this is the Council building relationships with a number of internationalinvestors from China, India, Thailand and South Africa across industries such as resources,transport and logistics, energy and tourism.
“These projects will result in the biggest investment in the Whitsunday region in 20 years.“The Whitsunday Regional Council is looking to the future with a positive agenda which will benefit the whole community.
“I would urge all people of the Whitsunday region to think very carefully about what the WRRA’smotives are before signing any petition with their name on it.
“People should make sure they clearly know what the petition is calling for and the accuracy of the information provided.
“The State Government is completely across the Whitsunday Regional Councils financial position, and the fact that the previous administration created the financial position in which we currently find ourselves,” she said.
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