Press Clippings: Sunday Mail 1st Nov 2015

Excerpt from Sunday Mail Article Published 1st November 2015:

THE Crime and Corruption Commission has been called on to investigate Whitsunday Mayor Jennifer Whitney’s links to a businessman planning a Chinatown style development at Airlie

And The Sunday Mail can reveal that a cultural communications officer employed by the Whitsunday Regional Council to liaise with developer Raymond Wang and other potential Chinese investors previously worked for a company co-owned by the businessman.

Queensland University of Technology Professor Mark Lauchs, an expert in local government ethics, alleged there was a clear conflict of interest for the officer, Cherry Cai.

And he claims the Mayor also overstepped the mark by continuing to meet and dine with the businessman, having declared a conflict of interest and abstaining from council discussions and votes involving the $300 million project.

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Airport Plan Protest

This is a photo of the Airport protesters outside the Council chambers in Proserpine  today (Tuesday Oct 20 2015)

We will be there again on Thursday morning (22 Oct)  at 8:45 for the Special Closed meeting, hope there will be a big roll up from other groups including all the Airlie Beach protesters with all their signs objecting to the increased heights as well as protesters from Bowen and National Media.

airport protest tueseday 20th October

Rally Photos – 3rd October 2015

#fightforairlie : Thanks to everyone to showed their support making the march stretch so far back along the beach. In spite of the timing conflicting with the Bowen Races and two Football Grand Finals, a fantastic turnout of Airlie Beach residents were ready to show the local Council that their new town plan does not have the support of the voting public. The police put the head count at 250 – 300.

View a PDF of the Speech Presented at the Rally