Council calls for main st promise

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council Mayor Mike Brunker is calling on the LNP to provide a firm commitment to the upgrade of Airlie's main street before council is forced to hold an extraordinary meeting that could potentially halt the redevelopment plan.

Cr Brunker says with the state government elections just nine days away, "the biggest predicament we have is we've got a commitment from one side of politics but not the other".

"The worst-case scenario is after the election [if the LNP wins] we continue thinking everything's ok, then the LNP says "no, we're not honouring that because it wasn't a pledge of ours".

"Then our contractors would have to stop work costing us millions of dollars in penalties," he said. Cr Brunker says he needs to know where the LNP stands by tomorrow (Friday) and has tried to contact the Whitsunday candidate Jason Costigan, without success.

Whitsunday MP Jan Jarratt said no further negotiations with the landholder could occur while the government was in caretaker mode "but Labor's commitment to funding for the redevelopment remains unchanged". "The real question is will the LNP make a similar commitment?" Ms Jarratt said.

"Frankly a vote for the LNP is a vote to keep the Whitsundays in limbo.

"It's not good enough for Jason Costigan to just "fight" for funding. Either Campbell Newman will invest in the Whitsundays or he won't. It's that's simple.

"It's time to tell locals what's in and what's out." Mr Costigan told the Whitsunday Times yesterday he had never been in favour of the land swap and was referring this matter to his LNP colleagues "at the highest level."

"Hey guess what - my position hasn't changed. I said, on the record, more than once last year the common sense approach was to resume the Davey building.

"I can assure people if I am elected we will sort out this mess once and for all in the interests of the Airlie community.

"I would expect us to continue negotiations with the land owner in good faith," he said.

"It's a bit rich to ask someone not in government to clean up the mess that Labor's Jan Jarratt and Mike Brunker have created," he said.



Local Real Estate

finda logo
Featured Real Estate
Only 10 Mins to Kmart... $725,000
House 4 2 2
Massive Duplex- Awesome... Auction at Picnic...
6 2 2
For Absolute Sale! Interest Above...
House 3 1 2
Rural Retreat on 20... Expressions of...
House 4 1 2

Featured Jobs

finda logo

Whitsundays jobs listed daily





Local Partners

Local Profile

Stay Connected

You can change the newsletters you are subscribed to when you edit your profile

Edit Profile


Horoscopes

Virgo

You may need to limit your choices and destinations if travel is on the cards. Your plans will have to fit your budget. You have to crawl...

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save