Markets granted extra time
WHITSUNDAY Mayor Andrew Willcox has approved a 30-day extension for the public to hand in submissions on the Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation Proposal.
Cr Mike Brunker put forward the proposal at a council meeting yesterday morning in Bowen and said it was in light of the petition around potentially moving the Airlie Beach markets.
Cr Willcox did not support the motion, saying he didn't see the need for an extension.
"This is a draft plan that was put out to create interest to see what people think and so we can look at all the submissions," he said.
"I think we should bring it back in, have a look at it (the submissions), take everyone's information in and send out a revised plan."
Cr Dave Clark said an extra 30 days "isn't going to hurt".
"There are people out there who haven't put their submissions in and there are still people who want to," he said.
Cr Ron Petterson said although he agreed with trying to get the process moving he had spoken to locals who said the two-week consultation period was not long enough.
The motion was eventually passed unanimously, with submissions still able to be made via council's website.
At the meeting, council also formally received the petition 'Say No to Council Moving the Markets' and another to improve the Dingo Beach Boat Ramp.
Staff changes were then announced, with Greg Martin appointed to the role of communications and marketing manager and Ben Jones confirmed as the new General Manager of Whitsunday Coast Airport.
Whitsunday Regional Council CEO, Barry Omundson said Mr Jones stood out as a "strong public sector leader with a transformational and consultative approach".
Council also resolved on the implementation of an Organisational Culture Development Program.
Cr Willcox said the program, which aimed to improve council's internal workplace culture, was a "positive step forward for the organisation".
"The continued development and improvement of our organisation's culture is a key priority of this council, and along with my team of councillors, I look forward to supporting our CEO and staff in creating a positive, unified work environment," he said.