Crisafulli: Stop carrying on like a mob of 'childish fools'
STOP carrying on like "childish fools" and do the job you were elected to do.
That's the message Queensland Local Government Minister David Crisafulli had for Whitsunday Regional Council and the fallout is being felt by local residents from Airlie Beach to Bowen.
During a radio interview on 4MK yesterday, Mr Crisafulli said the situation was like a "rock show".
And many in the community agree.
Whitsunday resident Steve Tween said that at present councillors were in council not for the good of the entire shire but only for part of the shire.
Barb Adamson said the shire was divided.
"It can't go on like this," she said.
Meanwhile, Bowen's Tony Doyle said the town had copped a lot during the amalgamation.
The council has received criticism over its division between councillors representing the northern and southern parts of the region.
Three northern-based councillors took a dramatic stand and refused to take part in a council meeting this week.
Mr Crisafulli said the council was there for the ratepayers and that there wouldn't be one person who wanted to see the "shenanigans" continue.
While it wasn't the council's fault it was in a rough financial position, "that doesn't give them the excuse to carry on like a mob of childish fools", Mr Crisafulli said.
Mr Crisafulli also criticised Mayor Jennifer Whitney's decision to choose Cr Jan Clifford to chair the meeting in her absence, instead of allowing Deputy Mayor and northern-based councillor Andrew Wilcox to take the chair.
"You can't pick and choose who chairs a committee and I've made that point very clear to her," he said.
Mr Crisafulli said ratepayers would have to think carefully about who to elect next, following the resignation of Cr Kevin Collins.
"Don't elect another actor in the soap opera Days of Our Lives," he said.